Despite seeing the grim road-works pictures on BigNews Margate a while ago, I was shocked to see The Old Town end still looking like a building site and no less than 3 buildings overlooking the proposed 'cafe culture' area, covered in scaffolding. At the present rate of preparation of the chic units in the old storage sheds on the Harbour wall, the season will be over before they are ready.
Surely, this is a sea-side resort I thought, with the brief 'season' only running from May to September and yet all the preparation work for the start of the season has not been done. Why not? Is KCC really that insensitive to the needs of a town in 'dire straits', that the road works could not have been finished off for the May Bank Holiday?
I do not know who is responsible for this telling piece of photo-montage work on Matassa's closed Ice-cream parlour on the front of The Arlington Arcade. It seems to have used pictures of Beirut's rubbish dump by the Med with sights and images of Margate and conveys a clear message. (Click on it for detail and is that Tracy's 'unmade bed' about to float out to sea?)
A close up with the art-work already vandalised with the 'Margate' sign torn. Does anyone know who has put it up?
If this piece of work has been paid for and inspired by the TC crowd (director, curator and assorted artists of a gallery that has yet to be built) or TDC in an attempt to pretty up the closed shop hoardings then they clearly have been had!
It does seem to be telling a blunt message 'Margate is a dump'. 2008 looks to be another lost 'season' for traders desperately trying to survive.