In contrast with other parts of the country, Thanet appears to have escaped relatively lightly in terms of overall snowfall. The sea on both sides of us has the added benefit of raising the temperature slightly, which is why we are frequently snow-free, when only a matter of miles away towards Whitstable and Canterbury, the snow starts to build. Yesterday afternoon, I walked back from Margate along the beach, the only place I could find a sure footing and the cold, on the exposed sand at Westbrook, from the strong wind was quite intense.
The forecast for this coming weekend into Monday, very much looks as even our position and surrounding sea temperature isn't going to protect us from the heavy snowfall rolling towards us from Belgium and the plummeting temperatures in the easterly wind chill. As we have so many elderly and retired people in Thanet who are most at risk from the present conditions, whether it be icy pavements or simply the bitter cold, I would urge everyone to keep a watchful eye on any vulnerable neighbours. If you do come across any circumstances that deserve my attention or intervention as a Westgate councillor, please do let me know.