Monday, 30 June 2008
Taylor Wimpey is in talks with its largest institutional shareholders for a £500 million bale-out as we hit the lowest levels of house sales since the 1970s. Barratt is £1.8 billion in debt and is in discussion with its lenders and Persimmon and Redrow are also set to make announcements.
If you thought that Commercial Group Properties (CGP) had a problem with a fall in share value from 350p to 115p then compare this with Wimpey falling from 350p to 62p and Barratt's drop from £10 in June 2007 to 65p this month. One begins to wonder if anyone will be in a position to build homes at Westwood Cross or cover our country-side and aquifer in warehouses.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is predicting that the world economy is heading for a deeper crisis than was expected and some of the world's biggest economies may move into deflation. On China, last year it described the Chinese economy as 'unstable, unbalanced, unco-ordinated and unstable'. It has not said the same this year but has said that the effect of a US slowdown ( 20% of Chinese exports go to the USA) could cause a sharp fall of Chinese imports to the US and problems for Chinese exporters. One must assume with an 11%/15% fall in the value of the £ that Chinese imports to the UK will not only be more expensive but will also slow down as we all concentrate on petrol, gas, electricity and food price rises.
I am not a developer or businessman but it seems to me that Chinamex may well be wondering if it can really afford huge expensive 'Gateways' all around the world at the moment. This would not be good for CGP. I should imagine also that CGP is holding its breath and keeping its fingers crossed that its debt will not cause it problems and that its share price will hold as others tumble around it. If we are finding cash-flow a pinch at the moment, you can bet that others are too.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
The sound I have missed so far this spring and summer is the gentle buzzing of honey bees visiting the garden. For the past 20 years, as the various shrubs and flowers in the Biggles' jungle riotously come into flower in succession from March onwards, the honey bees(Apis mellifera) have followed to grab nectar and pollen. This year, other than the occasional bumble bee, butterfly or solitary bee looking for a hole in the wall to fill with bits of leaf and lay an egg, the honey bees have been noticeably absent. Is it just that my eyesight and hearing are worse than I think, or have other readers noticed the lack of honey bees in their gardens?
The wet June last year was not good for them and I am wondering if the period of heavy rain in late May has had a similar effect this year or is it what the Americans have described as 'colony collapse disorder'?
The US is taking the matter seriously and Congress has held hearings on the problem and has voted $10 million for research. The US estimates that bees are responsible for polinating a third of its crops and that crop value resulting from bee pollination is put at $15 BILLION! A blue-berry farmer from Maine told the Congressional hearing , "Every one of my blue-berries owes its existence to the crazy, neurotic dancing of a honey bee from flower to flower, 'No bees No Crops!"
The implications for our own agricultural industry could be equally serious if honey bees become as rare a sighting as some TDC Planning Committee members on a site visit.
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Let me introduce you all to CGP. who were so generous in 'co-sponsoring' TDC's Big Event the other week-end.The top picture is Chairman Robin Boulton and the rest are directors: Chris Seymour-Prosser, Ms Julie Wing (the best looking of the bunch), Brian Moritz and of course our own £25,000 supporter of Dr Ladyman, Ken Wills.
I am delighted to present Commercial Group Properties Plc' first annual audited report since its admission to AIM on 21 February 2007.
Our first period has been one of considerable progress. Our strong relationship with our partners in China has enabled us to enter into agreements to lease and a memorandum of understanding to lease at least 3,400,000 sq ft AT OUR CHINA GATEWAY SITE AT MANSTON (my capitals)We have also established a joint venture, with Chinamex Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, which has entered into non binding heads of terms to acquire a 55 acre brown field site in Wigan to construct a further China Gateway development.
Our current financial year promises to be one of further significant growth in the company.
I would like to thank our executive team for their excellent work which has placed Commercial Group Properties Plc in such an enviable position.
The Manston site, which has been named "China Gateway", is located at the North West end of Kent International Airport and, at the time of the IPO, comprised 100 acres of open space and agricultural land within a partly developed business park. Subsequently, on 15 March 2007, CGP purchased, for £5.1 million, a further 73 acres of agricultural land adjacent to the original site.
On 22 June 2007, Beijing ASME signed an agreement to lease between 900,000 sq ft and 1,100,000 sq ft of business accommodation on 49.5 acres of the Manston site. The lease, which is supported by Chinamex, is for a term of 10 years from handover.
On 2 August 2007, CGP entered into a memorandum of understanding with Zhejiang Province, acting through Chairman Bao of the Taizhou Foreign Merchant Information Federation, to lease 2,500,000 sq ft at Manston.
Most recently, on 31 March 2008, CGP submitted an application for detailed planning consent for 1,481,815 sq ft of commercial development on the site. WE ANTICIPATE ( my capitals) receiving the response to this application by September 2008, which should allow construction to commence in 2009. Upon receipt of this consent, CGP then intends to submit a planning application for consent for the next 1,776,663 sq ft of the development. "
Friday, 27 June 2008
Poor Gordon Brown! An unelected ex-Chancellor with one year into the job as Primeminister that he clearly hungered for and now very unpopular. I am also feeling sorry for poor Mowice because locally, he appears as unpopular as Gordon is nationally.
The big question, is who will be heaved out first by their fellow party members?
The point will be reached shortly when many Labour MPs realise that P45 time is likely to approach unless they dump Gordon and our Tories , locally, will have to live with the ignominy of losing Thanet to Labour whilst the rest of the country votes in David and his team. Roger Gale and Laura Sandys will then find themselves as a minority of Tory constituency MPs whose 'own' Council is Labour.
As we witness the sadness of Zimbabwe's decline into darkness, we need to appreciate how lucky we are to be able to discuss these issues of 'Leadership' freely and to be able to do something about it, should we want to.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Rumour on the street is that hard-working 'Mowice' has disappeared for a break and clearly left no copy for Rebecca Smith over at IOTG to print.
Well I suppose his timing was good as the 'petition' incident of 12th June will soon be forgotten as will the result of the survey on Thanet's Premier Blog at www.eastcliffrichard.blogspot.com . It would seem that 87% of respondents to the question "Is Sandy fit to be leader of Thanet Council?" responded with a 'No' but the poll size was only 63. I cannot confirm the spurious allegation that 'Woger' was responsible for the 8 votes that said 'Yes' or that the Board of CGP were busily voting on ECR's poll last week. I think it is most likely that there are still some, although not many, who still really believe he is a fit leader.
I will just have to wait to see IOTG next week or even the week after for the return of 'Our Leader's' View unless ECR does some 'ghost writing' in the interim.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
The Times reports that only 3 sets of parents out of 9 bothered to turn up for The Magistrates when summoned to explain why their children failed to attend school regularly. Those who did were fined £150.
What interests me is that the missing parents were also fined. Surely, a simple warrant for their arrest and some time in Fort Hill cells until appearing before the Magistrates the following day would be an incentive for these arrogant people? I say arrogant, because not attending when summoned, shows complete disrespect for the Legal and Justice system that governs all citizens lives. The children stand no chance in life with parents like these and the whole cycle of state benefit dependance and deprivation will continue.
Compare these parents attitude to school and this tale. In Cedric Road, Westgate, Mr Babul and his family run the Tajmahal Restaurant. Although not a wealthy man, this devout Muslim sponsored the buiding of and pays for a school in his home region of Bangladesh. Some of the children walk, barefoot, over 5 miles to attend this school. An education is prized so highly that non-attendance is unheard of.
I wonder if State Benefits were removed from parents in the UK who did not ensure their children attended school, would attendance rapidly improve?
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
I was poring over the Local Plan map last evening whilst waiting for the football to start and noticed that the area of the Manston Business Park (the controversial China Gateway scheme site) on it is designated B1. By contrast the acknowledgement I have received from TDC in reply to my objection states the proposal is:-
Redevelopment of land for B1c, B2 and B8. The notice advertising For Sale 62 acres at the entrance to the development, not redevelopment, lists B1, B2 and B8.
Perhaps one of your regular readers can tell me when the land itself was re-designated?
Puzzled of Broadstairs"
Sunday, 15 June 2008
My correspondent tells me Cllr Latchford was on the stage saying how lucky we were to have such sponsors to pay for the wonderful 2 days and without them it wouldnt have taken place. Apparently no-one apart from her was listening to 'Woger' otherwise they might have wondered why Commercial Group Properties had been accepted by TDC as 'sponsors' alongside the truly public spirited FM Group!
Of course it has nothing to do with distracting the plebians or influencing our council whilst CGP has a planning application before the Council to build on Thanet's agricultural land and water supply.
I am beginning to think that TDC's acceptance of CGP's sponsorship was about as un-wise as Thanet South Labour's acceptance of CGP's donation of £25,000 last year. We should expect everyone involved with a major planning application like CGP's China Gateway project to decline such generous financial support as it compromises their position morally, and possibly legally, in making an unbiased judgement on behalf of Thanet's citizens.
Saturday, 14 June 2008
As regular readers are aware, Thanetstrife has taken an interest in inappropriate 'garden-grabs' for over development and I was delighted that the nonsense at Pegwell, supported by Laura Sandys and the local community, was kicked into touch.
However, to squeeze a 4 bedroomed house into the back -garden of this address in Westwood Rd seems to me to be mad. An application was turned down in 2001 for this same application and yet in 2008 it is approved; probably to the horror of neighbours and those backing onto it in Wealdhurst Park!
Was this application from the same Laurie Waitt who was having drinks with others including 'Our Leader' in The Lanthorne Pub on Sunday 13 April?
Friday, 13 June 2008
I have had the following e-mail concerning a rather unsavoury incident in Margate that has also been brought to the attention of ECR and Nick Evans of KM Extra. (Go to Thanet's Premier Blog at www.eastcliffrichard.blogspot.com for more). Here is what I have been sent:
I was shopping in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Margate yesterday morning and thought I'd strolled into the Wild West when Cllr. Ezekiel accompanied by Deputy Leader, Roger Latchford, charged into the store berating Cllr. Iris Johnston who, apparently was there to collect a petition from the shop manager. I couldn't believe my eyes when Cllr. Latchford reached over, snatching the petition from Cllr. Johnston saying,'Let me see that', scattering the sheets containing the petition about the community wardens being redeployed.
It was clear everyone was quite shocked by this outrageous behaviour and Cllr. Johnston was very upset . I have heard that she has only recently got over a serious chest infection and think this is a disgraceful way for the Leader and Deputy Leader of my council to treat one of our hardest working councillors.
Yours visibly shocked"
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!
Thursday, 12 June 2008
If you haven't read the report, here is a summary. Poor Mohammed Dirwish working in Codfather had a woman customer waiting in the early hours for her order, when a Mr Nichols entered with another man who was drunk and abusive. The drunk was threatening and abusive and when he was asked to calm down by Mohammed Dirwish, replied
"Oi, geezer, you are nothing. I am going to sort you out. I'm going to take you outside and f***ing kill you"
Mohammed, should have called the police but decided that direct action was called for (not surprising considering the threatening language used against him). He grabbed a pole (doner pole or shish skewer was not exactly clear in the report nor was whether there was food still attached to it) and came round from the counter to wallop the drunk. The pole was unwieldy and he ended up striking the innocent woman customer in error and Mr Nichols twice as he tried to sort out the drunk abusive customer, who remained unscathed.
Kent's Finest arrived at 2am and found Mohammed contrite and apologising to Mr Nichols for having caught him in the frying line. The girl left before the police arrived and the Thanet drunk was not named. Presumably, Mr Nichols complained and the drunk went on his way, scot free, despite his disgraceful and threatening language. Mohammed Dirwish was arrested.
In court, Roger Davies defending Mohammed Dirwish, was not on form, I am sad to report.
Mohammed was given a telling off for not calling the police and taking the law into his own hands ; was told to do 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay Mr Nichols £50 in compensation for hitting him by accident. The best line from the proceedings was from Magistrate Ian White: " We order the forfeiture and destruction of the pole."
My thanks to the un-named Times reporter; keep these gems coming !
Monday, 9 June 2008
I am reliably informed that leaflets urging Thanet people to write to TDC objecting to the application (F/TH/08/0400) have been hitting peoples doormats across Thanet and the protesters have not even got started fully yet. So if you haven't had a leaflet , I will try and get hold of one and scan it for you and put it up on the site.
I have been informed that a CGP type chappie has approached a 'Save Thanet's Water Supply- Stop China Gateway' campaigner already and objected to its content. I have also been told that an invitation to tea and a cosy chat has been extended to the 'Campaign Team' by none less than Cllr Roger Latchford OBE, Cabinet Member for The Economy and 'Our Leader's' right hand man.
He got his hands on a leaflet at some stage today. How nice to see such a gentlemanly response to a campaign that is doing is hardest to stop over-development in Thanet on acres of farmland and on our drinking water and is bound to upset Ken Wills and Mr Seymour-Prosser of CGP who are of course full of philanthropic ideas to provide jobs for Thanet. It's got nothing to do with making a great return on their speculative investment.
Why doesn't TDC just accept that its the wrong development in the wrong place and find space at Eurokent to put Chinamex's huge redistribution warehouses? You might be interested to realise that Thanet already has a generous existing employment land supply that is currently under-utilised and covers the Local Plan period until 2011! It actually meets 95% of the Kent and MedwayStructure Plan requirement to 2021! In other words, TDC seems hell-bent on 'pushing' Gateway through at Manston without considering that perhaps its the wrong place.
I just wonder, why?
Sunday, 8 June 2008
"Better known as Bert, I was elected as an independent Councillor in the Westbrook ward of Thanet District. I work as a financial trader and property developer.
I have lived in Thanet for the past seven years and I am very encouraged by the positive changes taking place. Thanet is steadily working it's way out of economic doldrums. Amongst other things, thanks to the influx of people and new businesses relocating here, our economy is on the move in the right direction.
I made Thanet my home because it is a beautiful place to live and a far cry from the rat race and polluted air which I left behind in London.
I decided to be a Councillor, an independent one, because I believe that more independent Councillors would make the Council a more responsible and sensitive instrument of Government.
I also felt that fresh blood was needed to be in the political community and that Councillors should listen more to the needs of the community and act accordingly.
I do not enjoy politics of abuse and believe that the people are our priority and not the political parties. Once elected, Councillors should set aside their party political differences and work together for the people towards economic progress and a higher standard of service delivery which is cost effective and will benefit us all."
I am a member of the following committees:
Friday, 6 June 2008
As I attended this morning's site meeting for Phase 1 of the China Gateway Project I thought you might like some feedback as you were too busy with the Sopwith Camel to go yourself.
A number of issues concern me and not just the whole scheme. This is the most important industrial development in Thanet for decades, possibly longer, but only, on my count, 7 of the 15 on the Planning Committee attended. Now, I know some of them have gainful employment but I would have hoped that for a scheme of this importance they could perhaps have used their entitlement to time-off to attend. I spotted the following councillors, Poole, Ward, Hart, McCastree, Jarvis, Bruce and Gregory. There may have been another one but that's all and nowhere near the full number was present.
Cllr. Gregory stated that, as the planning application had not yet been received, then this was a pre-planning visit. Odd that, when the planning application is listed as having been received on April 4th and was included in some detail in the Planning Committee agenda for May 21st. Now that the Tories have pushed through a ruling that the public cannot speak on these visits (so much for local democracy) it was left to Doug Brown from Planning to do the introductions and Cllr. Gregory to invite comments from the representatives of the parish councils and questions from the other members of the Planning Committee present.
It was disconcerting to see how often valid questions were ruled 'not appropriate for this visit' despite these raising serious issues over the whole development.
When one councillor drew the chair's attention to the Sparrow Castle Pumping Station on the horizon, Cllr. Gregory said it didn't pump the underground water from the site, he thought. Should he not know this and in any case, it does? Cllr Gregory didn’t see fit to draw members attention to the fact they were standing above the aquifer on SPZ 2 and that the big warehouse sites being pointed out would be on SPZ 1. It seemed as if protecting Thanet’s water was a subject to avoid.
There were vague answers to councillors' questions about the height and general dimensions of some of the building. It is difficult to envisage 15 metres so reference was made to the existing buildings and comments like, 'About that height'. Is this a satisfactory way to explain the size and scope of a building?
When the group ,who had by this time lost some members of the public who decamped to get away from the rain, Cllr. Gregory took the bedraggled group to what he said was the end of the site but a close look at the map shows he hadn't gone the full distance and there were several metres yet to traipse. We have to ask why (or would have done had we been allowed to speak).
There are some very worried people who will have their lives turned upside down by this scheme who, at the full planning committee can nominate 3 representatives, I repeat, 3, to speak against the scheme for 3, I repeat, 3 minutes.
Save Thanet's Water, Stop the China Gateway Project."
I think that this Planning Application needs a little more interest and whilst I know Councillors have other jobs and other comittments, the people of Thanet who they represent, rely on them and expect them to consider all aspects carefully on Planning Applications and surely a site visit on this huge project is an essential part of this process?
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.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
We have a stringent penalty for carrying knives available to the police, CPS and Courts; upto 10 years jail. Quite simple really; start locking up anyone carrying a knife in the streets without a legitimate reason? The message would soon dawn on those who carry a knife 'for protection' that it is not worth it!
Anyway, here is what Roger has said on the subject:
Knife Crime - " Ban hammers and screwdrivers - or bring back capital punishment "
"Either ban hammers and screwdrivers and other carpenters` tools or bring back capital punishment as the maximum available sentence for murder" is the response from North Thanet's Tory MP, Roger Gale, to suggestions that in response to knife crime a ban upon sharp-pointed kitchen knives should be introduced.
"Are we seriously suggesting that Sabatier chef's knives should be banned "? Says the MP, who is probably one of very few MPs who have cooked in a professional kitchen.
"At home I have an oyster knife with a blade scarcely more than an inch long. It is potentially lethal. My wife Suzy and I also have a full range of kitchen cutlery and most of the knives have sharp points. Are we seriously suggesting that the fundamental implements of Western culinary art should be banned? Because if so then a panoply of carpenters and plumbers "weapons" , for example, such as hammers and screwdrivers , will have to be taken out of circulation.
I would suggest that the much more basic but practical response to the growth in armed crime is the re-introduction of capital punishment for murder"
The MP who was the last Member to seriously attempt an amendment to introduce capital punishment to a criminal justice bill, said today:
"This will inevitably lead to "bring back hanging" headlines. I have always believed that hanging is an abhorrent method of execution but I also believe that there are some crimes for which capital punishment is appropriate. Prior to the abolition of capital punishment those with criminal intent generally did not go about their business and their everyday lives "tooled up". Now they do. I appreciate that a re-introduction would mean the repeal of the Human Rights Act but I have no problem withy that whatsoever. Parliament must act in the interests of The UK and its people and not, necessarily, in compliance with European legislation"
Do you agree with, Roger?
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
For my fellow serfs who are not with this issue, let me explain. Accountants work out how much we pay in direct and in-direct taxes as a proportion of income and then estimate how many days we work each year to pay them. The day when we notionally start earning for ourselves is called Tax Freedom Day and this year it was yesterday, 2nd June. In 1997 when Gordon started as Chancellor, Tax Freedom Day was slightly earlier (May 26th) but that should not surprise us.
As a youngster I can remember reading about serfs and villeins and felt pity for them having to work for almost 3 days a week on the Lord of The Manor's strips of land before they could till their own strips.
Nothing has changed really accept that the sophistication of taking our money has grown since the days when the men-at-arms kicked down the door, grabbed the suckling pig and prised a hard earned groat out of a clenched hand. The difference was that those serfs knew who the b****rds were; today its utterly faceless with half the population acting as un-paid tax collectors.
Now that I don't have to work for Lord of the Manor 'Darling', anymore this year I am off to imbibe some more mead and sleep it off in my hovel tomorrow.
Monday, 2 June 2008
" Your comments illustrate your utter stupidity and lack of imagination. Go and sit in a hole and take some more vallium. If you need some razor blades I can arrange it. "
I suppose, given the circumstances of a wrecked home/credit squeeze/ falling property prices and other developers in Thanet ceasing work on projects, things haven't been too good for Fiona and Graham recently.
Anyway, back to the title. I went along on a June Sunday afternoon at the end of the Summer Half Term week to savour the delights of The Harbour Arm. As I passed the broken/incomplete flag pole and piles of wood, I actually came across a mum and two children on The Harbour Arm; "How nasty" said one toddler, exiting from and describing the mobile loo followed by a cry from Mum , " Jason, get off that wood it has nails sticking out". They were the only people Bertie saw in 30 minutes on the Harbour Arm.
What's my point? We have about 12 weeks of summer left and as the picture above shows, English weather in the summer is not always conducive to a brisk trade on seaside Harbour Arms based in a town that is quietly dying without a major all weather attraction. Granted, the doors and windows were painted in pretty colours that matched the flags and IOTA Gallery looked suitably arty-farty even when closed. The roofs had a nice covering of pitch except on an exposed corner at the start of the sheds and the little signs saying what each unit 'might be' looked very tasteful.
The real question is ' Is it not too late this season for any business to set up here and be viable?' To cover the outlay and staff costs in setting up, is there really time for Harbour Arm to attract viable businesses this summer? The footfall along the Harbour Arm seems inadequate to maintain businesses in profit in the short season ahead and before the weather will turn in September. The 'hype' surrounding The Harbour Arm is good but reminds me of the same 'oohs' and 'aahs' that greeted A Big Wheel stuck in Godden's Gap in the summer of 2006 as commentators greeted the 'revival' of Dreamland. It soon wheeled off to Manchester.
Maybe some brave souls will attempt to run a business before the equi-noctal gales treat The Harbour Arm to a soaking as the picture below illustrates. I wish them luck if they do.