Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Some Old Pictures of Ramsgate and Margate and a low key ramble.
link to photos of the books we put out
The usual steady stream of local history questions.
There was a fair amount of comment relating to yesterday's post about Pleasurama, on the Facebook groups I linked it to.
Not really any more information, I have written to the council on numerous occasions about the site but I don't see any progress of that much point in writing again.
The old issue of what could be done about out local government is drifting about again and from the point of view of the electorate the only option on the table would be an elected leader referendum petition.
with this sort of a post I'm not really trying to put over an opinion, more trying to clarify thoughts and ideas, the main issues for me with our tiers of local government are along the lines of
county council KCC too focused on West Kent..
district council TDC too focused on Margate and a transport infrastructure for the 1970s
town council RTC too much involvement in a long and expensive lease for The Customs House.
But I guess these are just my perceptions. Certainly Ramsgate and for that matter Margate seemed to thrive better when they had their own councils, before the formation of TDC.
The problem is that Margate and Ramsgate have been rival towns for hundreds of years, added to this there is nothing we the ordinary taxpayers can do to change them both mainly being run by TDC.
As I said the only thing we do have a say in is whether the leader is elected by us or chosen by the councillors. An elected leader would be a political mayor of Thanet, nothing to do with the ceremonial mayors we have at the moment.
Politics is a funny thing, the first thing I thought when Boris announced building a new hospital in Canterbury was, will it result in no A&E at QEQM
We only sell a tiny proportion of our books online - these are mostly ones our walk in customers didn't buy, but are too good to suffer a 5p or 10p fate in our ongoing sale. I guess our export turnover is around 0.5% of our overall turnover and about 75% of that goes to English speaking countries outside of the EU.