I have copied a picture from Thanet's KM Extra (which is a 'must read' as the best of our 'free' newspapers and is kindly delivered through the The Biggles' hovel's letterbox.)
I am delighted with the sponsorship of The Big Event by Kent Messenger Group but never cease to be amazed by the sudden rush of philanthropic gestures by Mr Ken Wills. Last year it was £25,000 as a political donation to Dr Ladyman MP because he was such a good chap and now its sponsoring The Big Event. Will wonders ever cease?
I wonder what Mr Martin Hodge's view of Ken's largesse is? For readers who have not been visiting long, you can find all about Mr Hodge's on my posting of 11 March ("Breeze Blocks and some real strife"). In summary, Mr Hodges did £3,862 of work for Fire Technology (50% owned by Mr Wills) and didn't get paid as Fire Technology stopped trading but a new company called Fire Technology International was born in the same location. Mr Hodge's felt cheated and foolishly took it out on Mr Wills' Rangerover last Boxing Day and paid the price for it at Thanet Magistrates. It was just as well he didn't bash Mr Wills' Augusta 109 or we might not have seen Cllr Latchford sitting in it in the picture above.
There is of course no connection between Mr Wills' philanthropy and the fact that CGP (another company he formed with a Mr Seymour -Prosser) has an application for the biggest industrial estate in Thanet to be built on top of an aquifer providing a lot of Thanet's drinking water, in at TDC. That said, KM Extra refer to Mr Wills as managing director of CGP, the developers of the proposed China Gateway at Manston .
Most locals will know Ken Wills' name as being assosciated with Summit Aviation and today (Friday) at 10.00am TDC Planning Members will be having a site inspection with their new Chair Cllr Gregory,(because poor old Bill Hayton was sacked, sorry 'progressed') down at Manston Business Park to get an idea of what CGP propose for Phase 1 of China Gateway. They will be able to admire Summit Aviation's new, not being worked on, building. A source tells me the lads building it were 'paid-off' recently.
They might also notice a sign at the entrance advertising plots for sale. The interesting thing is that I thought KCC owned much of the Phase 1 site as part of its PLP with TDC? The sign is of pasing interest as contact details are given for Debenhams Tei Lung who were incorporated into China's TDZ (look at www.dtz.com/portal/site/en-cn ). DTZ are 'global real estate providers working with clients to create leading edge property, investment and business solutions worldwide.'
I leave you with Ken Wills talking to KM Extra, " We recognise the value of this event to the local community."
Why am I reminded of Roman Emperors laying on 'Games' in Ancient Rome to keep the plebs happy when the corn supply from Egypt was interrupted and the plebs were getting hungry and annoyed.? Could it be that we plebs in Thanet will be so pleased going 'ooh' and 'aah' on the 16th/17th June down at Palm Bay that we forget that 'Emperor Ken'and his Chinese colonialists are busy convincing Cllr Bayford and other Cllrs to allow them to build on top of our drinking supply and put it at risk of becoming permanently contaminated. I had better get the elastic band on the Sopwith fixed and join in the escape from reality.
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