I did buy an isle of Thanet Gazette today, so starting with the story they are leading with.
There are several newspaper articles about the possibility of Lambeth rehousing people in Margate.
I guess with the internet there is little in the way of new news and this one is no exception. My guess is that trying to force people to live in a different part of the UK for economic reasons isn’t going to work that well and people will drift back to their communities. I suppose a problem with housing benefit and the way it works, is that it means there is no really cheap residential accommodation. When I started work in the late 60s the bottom end of pay was about £2.50 per day and about £2.50 a week including rates was about the cost of renting the bottom end of accommodation.
By today's standards this wouldn't have been seen as good accommodation, three rooms, one floor of a small terraced house, a gas heater on the slot meter, just a cold tap in the kitchen and a loo at the bottom of the garden. Would it be counted as a slum today, I don’t really know, I am certainly not talking about dirty vermin infested accommodation, just cheap and simple that served me well as a young bloke moving from job to job.
The live animal exports issue is a bit on the confusing side, the key issue being the business where about 40 sheep were killed.
The result of this is that we now have a situation where we have people saying that the council acted wrongly by enforcing a temporary closure of the port to animal exports, because they said the facilities were inadequate, this seems to have resulted in the council having to pay out legal fees. They also seem to have the possibility of having to find a large amount in compensation. We have people saying that the RSPCA acted wrongly in putting the sheep down, or the way in which the put the sheep down.
This mostly stems from an article in The Daily Mail
The latest in this is the animal exporters being prosecuted over the incident as reported in The Gazette and elsewhere.
Just what the rights and wrongs of this are, in terms of the recent history of the trade in Ramsgate as distinct from whether live animal exports are wrong in a general sense, is confusing, the subject of various legal proceedings, but for us local taxpayers likely to be expensive.
We have two election days in Thanet at the beginning of next month, the county councillor elections on Thursday 2nd of May and on Thursday 9th May one TDC ward councillor election to replace Sandy Ezekiel who has been removed from office because of being sent to prison and one Ramsgate Town councillor election because Ian Driver has resigned.
I will ramble on here after I have ahs some lunch
Ursula Allen has an exhibition of her paintings in York Street Gallery Ramsgate until Thursday which is well worth going to have a look at. A few pictures of the artist and some of her work next.