Sunday, March 11, 2007

Turneround Margate - A New Weblog

A second new website has appeared this weekend and webmaster 'Jon' writes:

"I would like to let you know about the latest blog from Thanet, and wondered whether it might be of interest to your readers.Turneround Margate will write about the redevelopment of Margate and Thanet (particularly through the encouragement of art and culture). We are in this for the long run, and plan to take action in sparking redevelopment, not simply record other events."

Visit it at TurneroundMargate.com.

Ed: Nice looking website Jon. Well done! I've put a link into the sidebar as well!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, they have a good looking site there.
I wonder if they will publish all reasonable polite comments or whether they will censor and only post comments which hype up the Turner Centre.
Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

Indeed Anon 9.20. Who is Jon?

Anonymous said...

Turn Margate around through art and culture? What stables did Hercules have to clean out?

Anonymous said...

Look this is a very positive site that is trying to see the positive side of margate and regeneration.i was born in margate and lokk forward to some exiting things happening, arts based.why should'nt margate have art?people are so negative about art it seems they want progress to fail,well i and a lot of people i know can't wait.bring it on!

Anonymous said...

I am sure it is a very positive site and I wish its editor well but the fact remains that an 'arts & culture' approach to Margate's revival is doomed from the start. Local Authorities and Government agencies do not create an artistic town because they wish to waste vast sums creating a rather non-descript art gallery on Margate's foreshore.

An artistic & cultural movement starts at the bottom up. The numerous and expensive coffee shops are in place but where are the private galleries displaying and selling local artists' work? Where is the community of creative artists producing good work and attracting visitors to come and buy it?

The general consensus locally is that The Theatre Royal has been applied the 'kiss of death' by its acquisition by TDC. It's extraordinary that Cllr Ezekiel and friends think that a Local Authority run set-up will mean more 'culture'; a cultural revival has to come from grass roots up. I am sorry to have to admit it but successive regimes at TDC have overseen the decline of Margate. TDC is incapable of reviving Margate; so its time for TDC to give Waterbridge the go-ahead to get on with sorting out the Dreamland and Arlington eyesores and the sooner the better.

stuart said...

8:02 - are you aware that Waterbridge do not own Arlington tower or arcade, or the former NCP?

Do you also know what past Waterbridge projects have been?

It's time for TDC to stand up to this 'developer' NOT to let them get on with it!

Anonymous said...

I agree with regard to culture starting at grass roots and working up. Think about it, rock & roll a classic example, what bands (with the exception of manafactured ones perhaps) have started near the top with monetary assistance and worked down? None. Rock & Roll started in the Missisipi Delta and ended up in the stadiums of the major western cities. What needs putting in place are the conditions for people on small incomes to breed and produce wealth (probably to get accused of eventually selling out but whatever). Government enforced culture tends to be bland with no substance, just make the conditions right for growth and the people will take advantage to our benefit.

Anonymous said...

I agree with regard to culture starting at grass roots and working up. Think about it, rock & roll a classic example, what bands (with the exception of manafactured ones perhaps) have started near the top with monetary assistance and worked down? None. Rock & Roll started in the Missisipi Delta and ended up in the stadiums of the major western cities. What needs putting in place are the conditions for people on small incomes to breed and produce wealth (probably to get accused of eventually selling out but whatever). Government enforced culture tends to be bland with no substance, just make the conditions right for growth and the people will take advantage to our benefit.

sue said...

Stuart, ca you tell us who does own it?

stuart said...

yes Sue, another out of area based company called Freshwater - equally as bad at maintaining their assets as Waterbridge.

Anonymous said...

"Turnaround Margate".
Very apt,considering this council has already done this...for the worse.Time to turn it back for the good now I think & building arts & craft centres is not the way to do it.Why dont those that pay themselves mega-money listen to those that really know.The people!!
Trouble is they "Turnerblindeye" to what we have to say. This is a sheer waste of time & money.Time to put a halt to the turner once & for all.