This picture (courtesy of another of our excellent free papers, The KM Extra) of 'Our Leader' , his Deputy Cllr Roger Latchford and Planning Officer, Doug Brown , signals for me a belated but nevertheless very encouraging moment. TDC Planning is setting the goal-posts for what it wants to see happen at the tatty Arlington Arcade and Arlington House area that is the first depressing site to greet visitors to Margate, whether arriving by train or by road.
The planning briefs will be out for public comment and even if TDC does not own the assets, it is stating a clear target of what it wants, on our behalf, for developers to follow. How encouraging to see one of our Planning Officers, that capable Doug Brown, stating "I would like to think this spot could be the right place for a sea-life centre...."
Why oh why, did it not set the same clear Planning Brief for the whole of that area in 2006 when advised by an Independent Planning Inspector to insist that the Dreamland site be earmarked for a major Visitor Centre and set the planning brief requirements on the Manston Business Park area, that is the site for Phase 1 of China Gateway? It could have stated 'mains foul sewerage'; dictated safe and detailed water run-off control requirements and insisted no construction or hardstanding on the aquifer SPZ 1. Now that would have been something!
Old photos of Ellington Park, day in Folkestone and sorry about the carnival - The old Ellington Park photos should expand fairly well if you click on them Sundays tend to run along the lines of family decisions and the compromise on ...
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