I notice that they are not closing their shops in Ramsgate of Birchington and this does rather beg the question, why are things so much worse in Margate than in the other Thanet towns.
Sandy Ezekiel says in the article. "I am extremely sad to hear the news. The company is a friendly, family-run business. I and extend my sympathy to the staff. You only have to walk down to the Old Town to see how Margate is improving but because of the credit crunch and the lack of support from central government we can’t make the things we want to happen, happen."
We went shopping in Margate last in 2007 I took some pictures then and frankly they were so depressing that I didn’t publish them, I have now click here to view them, we found the town centre very depressing and it was after this experience that we decided to boycott out of town shopping.
I think now we have reached the point where we need to look at why Margate town centre has suffered so much more than the other Thanet towns, Ramsgate in particular has similar problems but doesn’t seem to have suffered so many closures.
It is evident looking at the pictures taken a year before the credit crunch that this isn’t what was responsible for the dire situation, one also wonders what support central government could give that would alleviate the situation.
Obviously considerable investment is being made in Margate especially in the direction of modern art, so far it doesn’t seem to be working.