Here are the results ramble to follow
DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL
First my congratulations to Karen Constantine who got elected as a TDC councillor and Susan Kennedy who got elected as a Ramsgate Town councillor, both Labour.
My own take on this is that had they done more for the Ramsgate area the may well have got in again.
Here in Ramsgate we have predominantly UKIP councillors at TDC, KCC and RTC but the bonkers Ramsgate issues that date from the Labour and Conservative administrations don’t seem to have been touched on by UKIP since they got in.
This is evident to all of us living in the Ramsgate area, just over the road from me TDC are building a largish social housing development in what was a large shop in an otherwise fully let and trading shopping parade.
Now apart from the obvious damage to the part of Ramsgate shopping centre adjacent to the only large car park that most shoppers will use, this development has flats with the bedroom windows facing onto the pavement in an area where TDC has licensed takeaways to be open until 4am.
Obviously the only tenants that will put up with this are likely to be problem tenants and with problem tenants living on the ground floor the whole development is likely to turn into a problem.
The really strange thing here is that Ramsgate has been the deciding factor in a lot of elections recently, Thanet South is a strongly contested seat, taking Ramsgate is a major factor in taking TDC and yet most of the resources seem to go into Margate.
The Manston issue didn’t seem to go the way a lot of Manston campaigners wanted, with the group that broke away from the UKIP group, “Democratic Independent Group” ostensibly because UKIP decided to reject RiverOak as an indemnity partner and not to proceed with the cpo to build an airfreight hub, only getting 49 votes.
Oh well I suppose one of these days the local politicians are going to wake up to the fact that if you want to get voted in in Ramsgate you have to give Ramsgate a fair crack of the whip.
Here in my bookshop the Martians have landed, see http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/the-martian-arrives-in-bookshop.html