Tuesday, September 26, 2006

All About Frogs & Lice

"Over the past 30 years the seaside town of Margate in Kent has grown used to letdown and disaster. It has seen its iron pier swept away, and its tourist industry follow; its aspirant football club demolished their stadium, only to discover they lacked the means and planning permission to build a new one. When the economy hit rock bottom, the town was left with a deserted high street and a string of council-backed regeneration projects that failed to reach fruition. So, when locals heard that plagues of boils, frogs and lice were coming next, you could have forgiven them for shrugging their shoulders and carrying on as normal."

Carry on reading the story in today's Guardian about the Margate Exodus.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I see the outside world will have learnt all about the TDC (passed & present) thanks to that wonderful rag.

Shamefull recognition of the TRUTH!

Why don't they all just resign. At least then we can start from scratch and search for the right people for the job.

James Maskell said...

"its aspirant football club demolished their stadium, only to discover they lacked the means and planning permission to build a new one."

What the Guardian doesnt say is that Hartsdown Park was rebuilt over a year ago... 4th place in the Ryman Premier League after a 0-0 draw against Bromley last night. A good result seeing how tough a side Bromley are. Margate are very well placed, unlike the other Thanet side...

Shinguard said...

The Guardian journo dragged up every negative aspect he could find about Margate and exaggerated where necessary to give the article and the film a connection.

Almost certainly lives in Islington and suffers with piles.

Shinguard said...

What can you say about Guardian Journalists?

They all live in Islington and suffer with piles!

stuart said...

Actually shinguard, the writer of the article is a Save Dreamland Campaign member who is very fond of Margate but does not like what the council and certain businessmen have done to the area.

Anonymous said...

The Guardian. The biggest piece of useless journalistic crap on the newsstands.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
7:16 sounds like a Sun reader. Nice pictures mate, shame about the words!

Anonymous said...

Sorry shinguard but the journalist is a local lad...

Anonymous said...

There were a few young people in blue uniforms on the street in Margate today asking residents what they thought would be good to happen in Margate.
They didn't want to write down what I said for some reason, and it wasn't even hard to spell.
"Sack the TDC staff and get a totally new staff.
Sack the Cllrs - ditto."

We need a clean sweep, and if we lose a few good apples along the barrel of bad ones - well - them's the breaks.

They didn't seem to have much idea actually, very naiive. I was once too!
That was before I came to Margate.

Shinguard said...

OK, local he might be,..but I still stand by my piles comment :-)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous - 6:14 PM

Any idea who they we're representing?

Ta

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous - 6:14 PM

Any idea who the people on blue we're representing?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of people making sweeping statements on here like 'Sack the TDC staff and get a totally new staff.
Sack the Cllrs - ditto.' I suppose this person and others on here have led a perfect life, offered a perfect service to others too? Done their jobs perfectly as well? On the whole the person comes across as ignorant. Wide sweeping statements are unhelpful and the writer shows their ignorance of employment law too. You can't get rid off staff on a whim. Doubtless most of them do a good job. The motivation to bring economic benefits to the area is a result of hard work not helped by the likes of a minority of people such as 6:14. P/S 9:30pm shows his/her ignorance by casting all Sun readers as fools who like to look at pictures. Some of you people are a bit sad.

James Maskell said...

Another day, another fight in Cliftonville. Thursday at about 7 there was a big fracas outside the HOT Cafe. Dont know exactly what happened but there were a lot of teenagers milling about. Last night another fight down Warwick Road. One kid grabbed a plant pot, smashed it on the pavement, picked up a piece and chased after another kid. In the first incident, I tried calling the police, but abandoned when I got the questionnaire. In the second instance it wouldnt have mattered... Its getting beyond a joke.

Anonymous said...

The people in blue would appear to be part of the Waterbridge/Godden development syndicate.

They have a website set up at http://www.textmargate.com designed to look as unconnected as possible to the ownership of the Dreamland site.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:08. Apathetic attitude. At least they are doing a consultation exercise. Have you filled it in? What have you done to improve Margate? Let's see what comes of this exercise. Lets not have a load of stalls selling seaside tat and a funfair only worth visiting when it is sunny. That is why Margate has sunk because there are no year round attractions.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12.11
No one has led a perfect life but I know that when I have made mistakes or not given the correct level of service to my customers they walked away and I lost out financially.
There is little risk of that happening to TDC staff however, they are as close to untouchable as you can get, due maybe to the employment law you mention and also because no one at TDC in any position of power seems to be bothered.

If you are of the opinion that most of them do a good job you are either new here in Thanet and/or have had no cause to try to get TDC staff to do anything not in their own cozy interpretation of their job description.

There is not much good really happening here in Thanet unfortunately, just a lot of TDC publicity about regeneration which actually mostly comes to nothing in the end.

Anonymous said...

He may not live in Islington but I bet he has bought one of those too expensive flats in the Seabathing which are designed for either people with no kids or those wanting a weekend holiday retreat!!!