Personally I am very pleased that Nigel Farage has been selected to stand in Thanet South, frankly it’s time that the political spotlight was shone on us and some of the local issues here came to the attention of the politicians and the media.
My main area of interest and understanding in this constituency is Ramsgate and as far as I can see looking a previous election results it is in Ramsgate where the political swing mostly occurs that makes Thanet South into a winnable marginal.
I will be kicking off by writing to the main candidates asking for their views on the main local issues, asking them what they see as being solutions and whether they feel that they are in a position to implement or influence the implementation of their solutions.
The issues I have thought of are:
Manston Airport and the complex balance between any means of saving the airport, noise pollution to Ramsgate particularly with respect to night flights and particulate air pollution caused by an airfreight hub in upwind parts of Thanet South.
Port Ramsgate, its possible short, medium and long term uses.
Pleasurama and if there is any way to speed this problem to resolution and of course what they see as a viable future use for the site.
The Pavillion and the associated problems related to turning it into the largest pub in Europe or even if the feel that there could actually be some grant funding to turn this publicly owned grade 2 listed building into a public venue of leisure attraction.
Ramsgate being the main non supermarket food shopping centre and the council trying to reduce this by buying up shops in fully let and occupied shopping parades in the town with the intention of turning them into social housing.
As with any open letter for publication here, I will put some thought into it before writing it and any suggestions from readers would be appreciated.
I think the main issue is really one of focus, with most of the focus at all levels of government being directed on Thanet North and particularly Margate, with KCC focused on Turner Contemporary and TDC focused on Dreamland.
Obviously UKIP and the Conservatives have considerable influence at KCC and Labour and the Conservatives having considerable influence at TDC but all of them wanting to win the Thanet South seat I think we may be in with a chance of directing some of the focus on Ramsgate.