Wednesday, 10 March 2010

WASPS Resolve to Fight on.

At a packed meeting last night in Westgate it was agreed to carry on our campaign to register the land adjacent to Barnes Car Park as a village green.

Tony Sykes reported on the result of the period open for representations. He reported that there were several letters of support and one objection from Thanet District Council. The suggested response to this objection was read out to the meeting and was unanimously agreed.

Councillors Tom King and Dean McCastree were at the meeting and pledged their support to the campaign and a message from Iris Johnston was read out pledging her support.

The campaign is a two pronged attack, one the Village Green application and two a petition objecting to development on this site and consequential denial of continued public use. So far there are over 250 names and it is growing fast.

A representative from the Thanet Countryside Trust made suggestions on how this site could be enhanced to provide bio diversity. It could also become a community project to enhance its use by local people.

When initial enquiries were made to TDC about this site it was stated that the land would be developed for community use. A chalet park is hardly community use.

Disgust was expressed about the fact that TDC had engaged a barrister at taxpayers expense to harass elderly witnesses at the public enquiry in respect of HOOT's campaign in Ramsgate.

The fight goes on. If you want to support us contact us on the above E mail link.


  1. TDC have to waste money its written in their job description. I love Barnes car park and often take sandwiches down there for my lunch. Plus we have a beach hut at Westbrook, I am for keeping it as it is you have my support for what its worth.

  2. We will fight on for this open space. Thanet has less than half English Nature's recommended natural/semi natural open space. We need to keep what we have not destroy it.