I discovered today that Essex is less than twenty miles from Thanet by air. Now this may be stating the "Bleeding obvious" to a pilot but if you are a local authority that urgently wishes to re-house people elsewhere, '20' I'm told, is a magic number and the presence of a large amount of Thames Estuary seawater in between isn't going to deter you from invoking the '20' rule. Of course you have to cross the QE2 bridge to get here, a diversion in excess of 20 miles but let's not allow small details to get in the way.
There was a meeting of the community safety group this morning and I would ask readers to make a note of the number 01843 577888 (it's on the sidebar links). This is the anti-social behaviour number and if you encounter problems of this nature and/or you spot under-age drinking, then please call it.
The police, in conjunction with the council, are trying very hard to clamp-down on the under-age drinking problem we have with children in Thanet so if you see this happening, please call 577888. The same number also applies to other nuisances, such as mini-motorbikes and more.
I was interested to note the website, 'bebo' is once again connected with organised and orchestrated gang disorder. This is an issue I plan to take further if I can, as bebo claims to be socially responsible but I see continued evidence that it is becoming a growing part of the anti-social behaviour problem. What one can do about it though is an entirely different matter altogether!
For Westgate and Birchington residents, I have asked the police if they will pay closer attention to Birchington square - after last Saturday's report of a gang throwing bottles at traffic - and also Westgate station, as I notice that the 'Bic' lighters are back on the line and these frequently imply an activity other than smoking cigarettes.
I commented today, that dealing with anti-social behaviour is a challenge that unites both parties here in Thanet. So many people's lives are being made a misery by a tiny minority and as you will have read, from comments made here by Cllr Wells, there's a great deal of effort being made to tackle the more visible concerns that plague the island and its population. Sadly, in a world where everyone has 'Rights' and the worst offenders know them by heart, 'Zero-tolerance' starts to resemble 'Zero-sum' when it comes to moving as expeditiously as the population would like, to deal with some of the more pressing issues.