IOTG readers will no doubt be aware that IOTG first reported a nasty fence going up in Culmers Land in Broadstairs in December and it has been an issue since. I didn't get interested until those Thanet Tree Huggers, got involved and Simon Moore's of Thanet life dismissed it with the words ' its just A FENCE'.
TDC has a motto 'Thanet is beautiful. Let's keep it that way' and yet is the central villain in this issue. What is the point of a 'motto' if you ignore it!
TDC has a member responsible for the environment called Cllr Shirley Tomlinson who has said " The safety of our allotment holders and the plots they pay for remains our principle concern". I hate to disagree with Cllr Tomlinson but her brief is for the whole Isle of Thanet and its environment and citizens, not just a small minority of bean growers. What she is allowing to happen, affects us all and our environment and will do so for years to come. Has she heard of involvement of the community in just this sort of issue.?
I present for your delectation a few pictures of TDC inspired allotment fencing and leave it to you to decide whether these fences are making sure Thanet stays beautiful? Any reader with allotments close to them ,will soon be able to enjoy a 2.4m galvanised vista that is more appropriate to Industrial Estates than suburban areas but hell, if Conservative TDC Councillors want to insist on annoying their electorate with this fence business, then they shouldn't be surprised if they get dumped next time the 'proles' have a vote.
Culmers Allotments, Broadstairs (courtesy of Thanet Tree Huggers)
Cecilia Road, Ramsgate.
As part of our on-going research into grafitti, Lord Flashheart took this picture at Manston this afternoon with his 'Brownie' whilst going to stake down his Gypsy in preparation for tomorrow's big blow. "Biggles, old boy", he said on his return " More material for our 'G-Conference'. I thought your Tory boys were popular in Thanet?"
What could I reply?