With Thanet District Council £1,000,000 per year for them seems to equate to about £8 per year for us council taxpayers and it seems the council want to find an extra £580,000 next year, because the national government is going to cut their grant.
With the party political system operating at a local level, democracy doesn’t necessarily mean that you get what the word suggests. To me this suggests a local person standing to represent the needs of the local area, whereas in practice we get what the local Labour and Conservative parties chose in terms of people to vote for.
One way and another I guess there isn’t much at local level we can do about the representation, so perhaps we should be asking for no taxation without something else. What? Well I guess clear information about what the council are up to on our behalf and with our money wouldn’t be a bad starting point.http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/councils-collide-over-ramsgate-harbour.html bung radar into the council website’s search box and be mystified. I will ramble on late I expect.
With the Royal Sands it was certainly interesting to see a councillor being sceptical about the development in the media, there is a similarity between the cabinet member responsible commenting in 2007 here http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/newsarchive.aspx?articleid=32914 and the cabinet member responsible commenting this week here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-20071560
|The Charles Dickens School|
|Chatham House Grammar School for Boys (SEL)|
|King Ethelbert School|
|The Marlowe Academy (AC)|
|St George's Church of England Foundation School|
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/education/school_tables/secondary/11/html/bacc_886.stm?compare=8865438+8865462+8864118+8865460+8865468+8864120+8866906+8865463+8865428+8865447+8864633 i guess you only have to look at the link to understand the difficulties.
having done that i realise that the links to the explanatory notes on the BBC's website don't work so have copied the whole thing to a conventional website here is the link http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/1012/id9.htm the BBC may not like me doing this so I may have to remove it.
This came up because of today’s news item saying new teachers would have to pass rigorous maths and English exams, this seemed to me to be muddled thinking by the government as it does little to address problems with existing teachers and raises some questions about people like art teachers like, would you rather have an art teacher who can draw than one who can do quadratic equations?
I had a very busy day in my bookshop today, I put this down to there now being so few independent shops in Thanet and there being virtually no non food shops left where the items for sale are generally cheaper than the internet.
The business of leisure shop browsing is changing very rapidly at the moment and many shopping experiences are not so good, I ran out of bubble wrap the other day, I usually buy it on ebay in large rolls last time 300 metres for £16.99 inc vat and shipping. Buying it at £4.59 for 3 metres in Smiths the only remaining option in Ramsgate seemed more than a bit steep.
New High Street and shopping centre book buying is rapidly degenerating into browsing either Smiths or Waterstones, finding the book you want, pointing the camera of your mobile at the barcode and pressing the buy it now button.
This takes a lot of the fun out of shopping and returning home with your purchases and of course ultimately is heading towards disaster.
Allthatsaid I was too busy to get out and buy an Isle of Thanet so here is the link to this weeks stories in that paper http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/people/Isle%20of%20Thanet%20Gazette/profile.html
The story that most surprised me was the one about the closure of Margate market, see http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/mid-week-market-town/story-17188142-detail/story.html