Monday, September 10, 2012

A Westgate Aerial View

The eagle-eyed among you, may have spotted me circling on Sunday evening and here's some video shot from my wing camera between Westgate and Minnis Bay, for those of you who would like to enjoy the view from a thousand feet from St Mildred's Bay.

I'm told there's filming of a D-Day reenactment at Botany Bay today and I wonder if anyone has any more details or managed to watch or take photos?

I've just had a meeting with our Police Inspector Impey to discuss the problems we have experiencing in Westgate. What I can tell readers, is that our levels of anti-social behaviour in the town, do not merit the introduction of a dispersal order under the latest rules governing such actions, which will come as a disappointment to many.

The Inspector will do his best to step-up the police and PCSO presence with the limited resources he has available. Margate Central, Cliftonville West and Ramsgate Central Harbour and Eastcliff wards, basically, draw away most of the police presence in Thanet at the most vulnerable times of the day and night and the local model of policing is now highly reactive in dealing with such trouble spots. This means of course that relatively peaceful areas such as Westgate and Birchington suffer as a result, now the days of a dedicated neighbourhood police officer are a becoming a distant memory.

I've stressed the importance of a visible and regular Police and PCSO presence in order to inspire, if not rebuild confidence among residents in the town but I will confess, I'm somewhat depressed by the detail and magnitude of our local problems and challenges, much of which is placed upon us in well-known hotspots without attention or regard  to the risk presented by both transient adults and vulnerable young people, to our broader Thanet community without consultation of any kind


Anonymous said...

Hold a Parish Election and swear in your own elected constables.

I think the last Parish election for constables was 1936. But it is open to the parishes to do it.

Anonymous said...

There is a big family picnic going on in Ethelbert Square at the moment - wondered if anyone knew anything about it? What a wonderful thing to see. Piggy Bank Nursery and the Church Youth Group also use the square - makes such a change to see this as opposed to the yobs we get sometimes. Thank you to whoever has attended / organised it.