Leo McKinstry, a resident of Westgate-on-Sea explains why he's fatalistic in today's Daily Mail. Perhaps, if he reads ThanetLife, he might contribute to any discussion thread on the subject?
"Then my wife and I moved to a village on the north Kent coast called Westgate-on-Sea, near the town of Margate. What captivated us about the place was that its Victorian architecture was largely intact, especially in the street where we had bought our little terrace house.
We felt that we had found a kind of England that had all but disappeared. Yet almost as soon as we moved in, we learned that our next- door neighbours - who lived in a large, attractive period home set in a beautiful leafy garden - had put in a planning application to demolish their property and build two large apartment blocks in its place.
Driven by nothing more than naked greed, the plan - which has been rejected by the local council but is now subject to appeal - is almost laughable in its destructive intent.
If approved, it would ruin the conservation area, make the street far more congested and wipe out part of our village's rich heritage. It is a measure of how much England is in thrall to developers that this outrageous scheme has even been contemplated. But then it seems that vandalism is now regarded as the official duty of the state."
Thanks to Cllr Cameron for scanning the old map he owns which is now in the 'Photo library' in the sidebar. Another old 1849 map from Michael Child can be found here.