Reading the Thanet Gazette today, I see that there is yet another letter from another “Thanet Independent Action” "councillor" taking the council to task over the usual Turner 'conspiracy theory.'
What bemuses me is that Mr or Mrs X, a “Parish Councillor for Y” are now starting to sign their names and use the title, “Councillor X” as if they were District or County Councillors for any one of the Thanet wards, which may provoke confusion in those who aren’t properly aware of the difference – explained here - . “A Parish Council is the lowest tier of local government has nothing to do with the church, despite its name, has little power but a reasonable amount of influence in regard to local community projects, such as war memorials, street lighting, rights of way etc. It plays a useful role in representing local views back-up to District level."- BBC
Aside from my confusion with the context, What's clear in the last two letters I’ve read in the Gazette from ‘Thanet Independent Action’, is that the two correspondents are at worst, ‘away with the fairies’ and at best, have a very tenuous grasp of the harsher financial realities facing local government here in Thanet.
It's suggested that we “Use the Turner Centre money and build a new pier and an ice rink”! I don’t think so. It’s not our money to spend on anything else but the proposed project and the message, still isn’t getting through. Let’s be thankful then that those suggesting such solutions have no democratic responsibility for allocating or spending any of your money on such a scale or we would be in trouble. Let me try again to explain for anyone who has missed it and those who don’t want to see it.
If we don’t have the Turner Centre here in Margate the money which has been allocated only for the Turner Centre – not ice rinks or piers – by KCC, SEEDA, Arts Council et al - will go elsewhere. Anyone wishing for ice rinks, piers and other good works, which, like me, we would all like to see one day, will then have to explain to the people of Thanet why they lobbied against the only chance for a national project of any description coming to Thanet. Perhaps the future really does lie in “Kiss-me-quick hats and Margate rock?”
I see this morning that the public toilets at St Mildred’s Bay have been re-tagged over the last 48 hours, this time, with bright blue paint. One can’t fail to be frustrated and depressed by the result, given the efforts and costs involved to have them renovated this summer. Equally bad perhaps, is that we have to keep opening times restricted to avoid vandalism inside and to try and control (unsuccessfully) the regular activities of one particularly group of sexually active male residents, who, the cleaner tells me, are averaging 30 condoms a week. I even picked-up a used ”sharp” outside last week, which he kindly disposed of for me.
The Gazette, didn’t quite catch-up with the result of the NSPCC charity flight; the best being a rushed and crude cut and paste job entitled, “The Best of the Blogs.” At least it had some coverage of what was achieved but I also understand that the Gazette are unable to actually read the different local weblogs because of a company policy over accessing “Social Networking Sites.” If anyone can explain how any of the local weblogs sit in the same pigeonhole as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo, Let me know!