Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Angry WASPS Swarm on Westbrook Promenade Green

Despite the cold wind and rain supporters of our village green campaign staged a protest on the green next to Barnes car park on the Westbrook Promenade. The press were there and protesters were interviewed. About 50 turned up with umbrellas and raincoats. Councillor Tom King was also present and I would like to thank him for his support.
It is expected that the report will appear in the Isle of Thanet Gazette this week.
Supporters have asked that we arrange a venue and hold a meeting to prepare for the hearing that is due to take place in the Spring. Watch this space for date,time and place.

There is a petition which is growing and this will add impetus to the campaign. So far there are about 150 names. If anyone wants to sign this please e-mail WASPS on waspsis@hotmail.co.uk alternatively add your comments below.
The petition reads as follows;
"We the undersigned are against the proposed sale or lease by Thanet District Council and subsequent development of the common ground below the cliffs and adjacent to the car park on the promenade at Westbrook. It has free access to all and has been left natural and is developing its own wildlife and flora. One development proposes 12 beach chalets for holiday accommodation. This would destroy the site and deny all use by the public."


  1. The sale of land West of Barnes carpark has been on the council agenda before. It was rejected.
    If I remember rightly the issues raised at the time were , the natural habitat, rising sea levels and exposure to storms . It was also mentioned that the area of Barnes car park adjacent to the site was a emergency holding area by the council for debris washed ashore in severe storms during winter time. For example when lumps of Margate Jetty came ashore.

  2. Thanks that is really interesting. I will use that for putting our case forward. Any idea of dates.

  3. Tony,
    Try putting in a freedom of information request. From what I can rememeber it was on a Maritime,land & property agenda anytime between 1995 - 2003.
    When the item was debated it was also metioned that it would be unlikely that planning permission would be granted for a perimeter fence.

  4. I Will give it a try thank you again.