Magistrates have re-instated Westbrook's Liquor Locker licence to sell alcohol and the licence holder , Gurdeep Kaur Nijar, has learned from his staff's mistake and can get on with making a living again. I am delighted with this news.
Most of our problems in Thanet with under-age drinking can be traced to bigger fish than Mr Nijar and yet TDC Clouncillors are remarkably silent in this respect as are Kent Police. Here's a suggestion; go and get every Secondary School Head in Thanet to go on a pub and club crawl with TDC Officers and Kent Police on a Friday/Saturday night and identify their pupils drinking from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 (all under 18!).
This week's Your Thanet reports a veritable out-cry from Councillor Dr Simon Moores in Westgate and Councillor Chris Wells at this decision by our Magistrates concerning The Liquor Locker. I understand and fully support their position on the need to control under-age drinking in Thanet but as 'local politicians' who do they think they are when they criticise our local magistrates who presumably have taken all factors into account when reaching their decision.?
I find it odd that the Tory party, quite correctly, takes Government to task when it interferes in the legal process but at local level, Tory councillors do not seem to appreciate that they are undermining this process themselves. If our local magistrates have examined the matter and made a decision, then we should all abide by it. By all means campaign to change the Law but until then, more restrained criticism of magistrates might be appropriate?
Broadstairs in 1796 compared with Broadstairs in 1830 - The pictures will expand if you click on them and I would think this 1796 picture begs more questions than it answers, unless it has been published somewh...
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