Kent is a big county and frankly what happens at the other end of Kent effects me very little and interests me no more than what is going on in other parts of the UK.
I don’t think the government really understands local and yeas there are services that have to managed at a county level, mainly for reasons of economy, but when it comes decisions even between what goes on in Margate versus Ramsgate, including them in one district just isn’t local enough.
Publishing local history books I am all to well aware of this, most people don’t want a book about the history of the county, they don’t want a book about The Isle of Thanet, what they want is a book about their own town.
At the moment the public enquiry is taking place about Arlington House and whether a huge Tesco should be built there, ‘fraid to say I see this as being outside my remit, it isn’t a Ramsgate issue and I don’t really understand it.
Nearest I can get, is we had what was by the standards of the times a very large Tesco here in Ramsgate, its presence contributed to the closure of small local independent shops and once they had done their damage to the town Tesco pulled out.
Arlington House as far as I am concerned is an iconic piece of Architecture, one of the most significant remaining examples to come out of the “brutal school of architecture” and as such should have been made a listed building.
Painting it magnolia, installing double glazing and filling it dhss claimants from the London boroughs doesn’t seem a sensible option to me.
Easy to say you don’t like it, I don’t like it either in terms of design, but then I don’t like the outside look of The Turner Contemporary, however it is undoubtedly iconic. The shape that meant shed before it opened, now means art gallery and I have used it to illustrate aspects of what it does and doesn’t do here on this blog.
I have done this effectively and to the point that googling “turner contemporary margate” and clicking on the image tab was a quicker way to find the pictures below than searching through my own computer.
You may not like the pictures design of The Turner Contemporary, but you probably recognise what the pictures are of and only a relatively short time ago you wouldn't have done.
Just as you recognise Arlington House in this one.
Well actually I suppose you don’t really, but I guess I will have another go at it.
In the same way I don’t think I could draw any buildings in photos above and produce pictures that would say Ramsgate to anyone, so I think iconic does in fact mean something, apart and different to whether or no you like or dislike the building.
Anyway now I have my postal voting form for the Kent Police Chief election and realise I have to vote not once but twice for a bunch of people who I have never heard of and have probably never visited Ramsgate or been up King Street here in the evening and noticed the evident lack of policing.
here are the various candidates election statements on the web in the same order as they apper on the ballot paper.
You can also watch the candidate on youtube, see http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kent+police+elections&oq=kent+police+elections&gs_l=youtube.3...2373.8302.0.86126.96.36.199.0.0.0.124.1687.18j3.21.0...0.0...1ac.1.w0pVbTXPwus