My children stayed with relations last night which meant that we decided to do something we seldom do, which is to eat out in Ramsgate.
On the whole an evening meal is likely to set one back at least £15 per head with drinks and while the occasional £30 or so is reasonable for an adult couple the inevitable £60 plus if you always have two school age children in tow is beyond us shop assistants.
As we arrived at The Churchill Tavern in Ramsgate the air ambulance landed and later we learned that a motorcyclist had died in a traffic accident, see http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/Motorcyclist-dies-Ramsgate-accident/story-22783780-detail/story.html
My main problem here is to get across the point that if the council set about deliberately contracting Ramsgate Shopping Centre by buying up any empty shops in otherwise fully let shopping padres and turning the ground floor shops into social housing, then soon the middle of Ramsgate will have turned into a housing estate.
I think in the current climate where all of the other council’s are trying to regenerate town centres there is the possibility of national media interest, but first the problem of uniting local people in opposing this action.