|Save Sea Road|
I have called one of these applications into the Council's Planning Committee and I suspect the wording of the petition is, I hope, self-explanatory. Should you wish to add your own signature, then you can find copies at Best One, Wishing Well, the Garden Centre, Angelo's delicatessen and Edwards in the town.
"We, the undersigned, object to the planning application 13/0251 at 45-51 Sea Road because it will lead to the demolition of historically important buildings, already blighted by deliberate neglect, irrevocably changing the character of this important section of Westgate-on- Sea ‘s Conservation Area. The proposed redevelopment is not of sufficiently high standard nor is it in keeping with Westgate’s vernacular architectural style. It would eradicate rather than enhance the character of the Sea Road, as required of all new developments in Conservation Areas by NPPF policies 129 through to 139. We would, therefore, ask that the Councillors and Officers of Thanet District Council consider the devastating impact of this application on the Conservation Area street-scene and reject this application."
|Taking a Short Cut Across the City|
Yesterday, I had to run back and forth across London and here's one of my transit views of the city and The Shard. Returning home via Essex, the traffic jam on the M25 must have stretched ten miles, with the motorway closed southbound and empty of cars,from Stapleford to the Dartford Crossing. This must have been a serous incidents. I've one chap on Monday,who wants to propose to his girlfriend tomorrow, on a punt, poling down the river at Cambridge, outside Magdelen College. Awkward but not impossible and I really prefer it if the ideas are kept simple as there's less chance for error.
Back to Thanet and I believe the local paper has some explaining to do, as on the street, people really appear to believe, that Thanet District Council "lent' or 'gambled' a physical sum of over £3 million to TransEuropa Ferries to keep it solvent. Given the impression the public have received from the newspaper, I have problems with the expression, 'Responsible Journalism' but that's hardly comes as a surprise to readers.
I was pleased to see last week, at least, that one reader of the Thanet Gazette, finally lost her patience with the regular letters of Mr Muir of Westgate and asked why the local paper gave space to what is clearly a single issue and long-running obsession with Sir Roger Gale, from the same correspondent, week-in and week out over as long as I can recall. Unfortunately, he's back again with another rant this week so the editor clearly took no notice whatsoever!
I've had a series of complaints about a sign that that appeared last week on what I think is railway property, adjacent to the footbridge in Station Road and pictured. Any permanent sign or structure in the conservation area requires planning consent and this one makes it very difficult for me and others to argue that our local traders are committed to preserving Westgate's unique street-scene and character. In this example, the Council's planning enforcement team are aware of the matter and I expect they will be taking the appropriate action.
Enjoy your weekend and let's hope it stays sunny!