In case you missed it, here's a link to today's story on Margate from Fiona Hamilton of The Times.
Fiona came down for a vist a month ago and spent a long morning in Cafe G, talking to council leader Sandy Ezekiel, on Margate's regeneration plans and hopes for the future.
She writes: "It would take a visitor with an imagination greater than the artist Tracey Emin, the Kent town’s favourite daughter, to liken its dilapidated foreshore —consisting of rundown shops, fast-food outlets and derelict arcades — to the French Riviera."
Fiona's article is a 'Warts and all' story and she doesn't pull any punches. However it offers an interesting, independent view of the town from an outsider's perspective and highlights the high levels of social deprivation which need to be overcome and which offer a significant challenge to the broader efforts to regenerate the town.
She reminds us that the town comes under the national spotlight next week when it is the subject of the BBC television programme The Apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar will ask the contestants to rebrand the town and that should make for some very interesting viewing!