As 'Strife' Team members prepare follow up FoI requests with KCC about the 'contribution' that Rose Farm Estates is to make, if any, to the New Haine Road through the Eurokent land that it owns and push off down to Ashford Business Park to talk to Keel Toys, Bertie is left manning the phone with little snippets coming in to share with you.
It has come to our attention that at a recent Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting, two of Dane Valley Ward's Councillors were overheard discussing getting together to hold joint surgeries for Ward residents. It would seem that Cllr Mike Jarvis ( an excellent Conservative Cllr who is out of favour with The Ezekiel Party) has offered to hold a joint surgery for Dane Valley Residents with newly elected Cllr Sandy Hart (Labour's new excellent Cllr). This is a splendid idea and shows that both Cllrs put working together for the Thanet residents they represent above the petty Party politics that has under 'Mauwice' been a hallmark of TDC. I wish them both success. Mike Jarvis has been doing his best for too long in Dane Valley with two very low profile Ezekiel Party Cllrs as fellow ward Cllrs and with Sandy's enthusiasm and commitment, a new era of co-operation and joint common effort could be with us.
A member of the team down at Albion House yesterday, has reported in that residents and HOOTs supporters of The Montefiore Village Green, were being torn to shreds by the 'rottweiler' of a barrister employed by TDC to fight against their Village Green Application. This is not as dramatic as 'Peterloo' thank goodness but it is not a nice sight to see a highly paid and expensive legal expert, paid by TDC Council Tax payers via TDC, turning the heat on Thanet residents paying Council taxes to TDC ! When will TDC grasp the deep and lasting resentment that is building up around the Isle because of its actions like this?
Now to TDC Conservative Group meeting last Thursday or should I say Ezekiel Party Group meeting? It would seem that straws blowing in the wind are turning into bales! The rumours of some major changes afoot grow stronger. It would seem that the Conservative ascendancy over what has been described as the Ezekiel Junta may have begun and that NTCA and STCA have had enough. It seems that Cllr Bayford is being mentioned as a 'New Leader' and that 'Mauwice' and hopefully 'Woger' will be on their way sooner than April/May. My advice, which of course, will be ignored is :
'Gentlemen, go now and let your successors have longer to clean out the mess you have left lying around the stables. Not only is there a National Election due but 2011 is just over the horizon and you have done enough harm to The Conservative Party already. For God's sake resign or retire.'
The last item I would like to draw attention to is Michael Child's ongoing concern over the cliff-face stability at Pleasurama. (www.thanetonline.blogspot.com). He has kept us all informed with pics and technical aspects of repairs to repairs and the simple fact that there is no proper foundation to the concrete surfaces stuck to the cliff-face. He has been villified, criticised and TDC has even tried to gag its contractors from talking to him. When will TDC realise that the truth will out? Do we really have to witness a cliff collapse and an EA rapid flooding event in the years ahead, when the present incumbents at TDC have moved on, just because they are unable to admit they may have got it wrong? Perhaps it is time for TDC to engage externally contracted independent specialists to review what they have done so far and make recommendations that are then followed.