With a brand new, gleaming ticket machine outside Westgate station, the young lady in the ticket office gives it a week to survive the elements and the local hoodies. I'm inclined to agree with her but we can "open a book" on the odds of its survival past the end of the month if you like!
Regular reader Amy ask:
If we really want mobile phones mast outside each of the Westgate secondary schools?
"Hutchinson 3G(UK ltd) has made an application (TH/07/0009) for prior approval for a 15m high telecomms mast to be erected close to the exit of Ursuline College on the verge, yes, the verge of Canterbury Road between the pavement and King Ethelbert School's boundary.
Hundreds of pupils pass within feet of this spot daily and it is a waiting area for the bus stop. The jury is still out concerning the effects of strong electro-magnetic radiation on young people in particular and it does seem the height of folly to even consider putting a mast in this location. Sources tell me that Headteachers at King Ethelbert's and Ursuline are uniting to mobilise objections.
Presumably this verge is KCC owned? I hope parents of pupils at both schools and Westgate residents will tackle their KCC and Thanet Councillors over this matter. The public has until 29 January to lodge complaints and Councillors have until 5 February. I find it hard to believe that any-one would dream of putting a mast in such a place but it is reported that Hutchinson has a number of such applications lodged with TDC for various sites along The Canterbury Road from Birchington to Westbrook."
Who agrees with Amy?