I guess the main thing this is about is TDC trying to get money out of Ramsgate to the economic and environmental detriment of Ramsgate, a case of here we go again.
There is of course the jobs aspect and the recycling aspect which make it sound acceptable until of course you factor in the reduced jobs in tourism and the environmental impact of transporting these materials.
Also a note here Doug Brown and Brian White were the two senior council officers that I dealt with when discussing the pleasurama development with the council. Probably wholly or partly responsible for not enforcing the material change planning regulation which should have been invoked when the height issues caused the major modification to the roof and should have lead to a new planning application.
They have now left the council and are obviously better placed to support private enterprise which is potentially very damaging to Ramsgate but presumably profitable. I would think it is likely that they may have been responsible for the wording in the local plan that would allow an increase in industrial activity at the port.
Many thanks to Barry James for putting the videos on YouTube. Hopefuly there will more on this meeting which I will add to this post.
After the business with the council buying the largest remaining empty shop in King Street to convert the ground floor shop into social housing and the assurances from various councillors that they would never get planning consent through the committee stage. Which was immediately followed by it going through without a hitch and the council granting themselves planning consent to cause extreme damage to Ramsgate shopping centre, I would expect this one to go through on the nod, so the obvious question is what can Ramsgate residents do?
I would say the main problem is that the majority of the councillors at TDC are focused on improving Margate, probably because if the don’t live there they have to visit Margate to attend meetings and events. The council chambers are there and the only major council funded venue left is the Winter Gardens.
I think the answer is to get some more councillors who are Ramsgate residents. As it is pretty much impossible to get elected as a councillor unless you are standing for one of the main parties. Labour, Conservative or UKIP I recommend the following course of action.First any Ramsgate residents who think they would be prepared to stand as a councillor join the political party they find most acceptable. Second put themselves up for election as a councillor in any of the Thanet seats, particularly safe ones. Third try to redress the balance so that Ramsgate gets a fair share of the cake.