The wind appears to be blowing from the direction of a Ramsgate weblog today and one local councillor who has been busy raising a petition against the so-called plan by Thanet District Council to close the Ramsgate museum.
It concludes "We will be presenting the petition to our MP, Stephen Ladyman and to Thanet Council. We would welcome letters of support from all who love Ramsgate and its heritage."
You are of course encouraged to read this story and a reply from Cllr Ewen Cameron, which clearly states:
"Nobody is closing the Trust or the museums. We fully understand the pride in both towns, Ramsgate and Margate, in their heritage and history. We cannot continue to give a grant which equates to the Council Tax retained from over 500 band D households.
Cllr Green cannot have his cake and eat it. One moment his is alleging black holes in the Council's budget, the next he is implying an unaffordable grant be contiinued, despite his own bench's support for its withdrawal.We are keen to do everything we can to help the Trust carry on its work. The Leader of the Council is hoping to meet soon with the Trustees to discuss this.
Let's also not forget there are a number of outstanding charitable Trusts which run succesfully, without substantial council funding. The Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial is one whcih springs to mind. It shows it can be done. "
Ed: What amazes me is that we councillors should all know quite clearly what the position is and so I have no idea why a story, whipping-up a frenzy over a "non-closure" should be run. But on reflection, why should anyone be surprised.