(Pictures courtesy of Invicta FM)
Well we now have the peppers and tomatoes planted by the million over at Thanet Earth in Birchington; not much evidence of the massive screening planting plans shown on the planning application to TDC to reduce the visual impact of the glass-houses and 'picking is due to start in March'. It is now February.
The Dutch Co-operative 'Rainbow Growers' has put its glass-house down to peppers and Kaaij Redstar has put in tomatoes. A & A Growers were due to have planted its glass-house with cucumbers by the end of last month.
Am I the only one who re-calls the optomistic headlines 'Fresca Group - Thanet Secures 550 Jobs'. ? I have scoured local press; listened to local radio; serched web-sites and cannot find one job advertised for Glass-House Pickers and Packers at Thanet Earth in Birchington. Am I missing something?
The Fresca Website claims - 'Please no Agencies. We recruit directly for all vacancies', yet I am told that 'bog standard' pickers and packers' WILL be provided by Agencies.
I think it is time for our Councillors make some enquiries with Fresca about these promised jobs in Thanet. Surely it couldn't be that we have been 'taken for a ride' with job promises and that Dutch and other European pickers & packers are being recruited and not locals. I would have thought that if harvesting is due to start in March, at least some workers in Thanet might have had the chance to work at Thanet Earth? Does anyone out there know of anyone who is local and is employed or has worked at Thanet Earth yet?