Friday, 27 August 2010
Westgate and Westbrook Resident's Association
The next resident's association meeting will be at 7.15pm on Monday 13 September 2010 at the Westbrook Bowling Club Pavilion (the place where we vote). The last two meetings there have been lively affairs with residents getting hot under the collar about several issues affecting them. The chairman Tom King told our intrepid reporter that our council leader Bob Bayford will be coming to the meeting to meet residents. Its really good to see our council reaching out to connect with local people. Come early if you want a seat.
A group of WASPS met with councillors this week and presented an alternative vision for the site on Westbrook Lower Promenade to that of putting it in the hands of a developer. The meeting was very constructive and it is hoped that provisional details can be made public at this resident's meeting.
We will keep you posted of any developments.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Grey moves to a whiter shade of Green at TDC.
Well done councillor Green for persuading Thanet District Council (TDC) to look again and consult with residents over the Highfield Road site in Ramsgate (picture left).
TDC also get Browny points this week from the Open Spaces Society because they have removed the Chine at the Western Under Cliff, Ramsgate (picture right) and saved it from the asset disposal list. So are they really changing from grey to a whiter shade of Green?
Bob Bayford has said he will review existing sites under the hammer of asset disposal and has agreed to a meeting between some of his cabinet and WASPS to discuss ideas for keeping the Westbrook Prom Site, green. I will report back to you later on the outcome of this meeting.
Something tells me this could be the start of something good. Well done TDC. It just shows what working with residents can achieve. Keep the good work up.
Has anyone heard any news of what is happening with the Montefiore site lately?
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Another one bites the dust
Another open space for disposal Highfield Road, Ramsgate along with Dalby Square and a great chunk of Hartsdown park.
Thanet is already very poor for green open spaces so why are we disposing of more?
Councillor Chris Wells says "One figure about life expectancy in the area being 17 years lower than the best in Kent has already been widely publicised. In today’s society, to still have differences like that is appalling. We need and will do whatever we can do to change them.”
Err!! Open Spaces have a direct effect on our health and well being. Selling them off to developers does not help.
No wonder residents are revolting. At the Westgate and Westbrook Resident's Association last Monday a motion was passed deploring the Council's action of passing plans for a football stadium and taking a large chunk of Hartsdown Park.
Laura Sandys Talks about a green Thanet. Maybe she should take a look at what our council is doing as green fades to grey.
Many of our open spaces were acquired under the Public Health Act of 1875 for the well being of its residents so is it right to put them into the hands of developers?
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
The next meeting will be 7pm on Monday 9th August 2010
Again the association will be meeting at the Westbrook Bowls Pavillion following the success of the last meeting at this venue.
At July's meeting the group showed strong support for WASPS' campaign. Other issues like Hartsdown School and Hartsdown Park were strongly debated and action planned.
There will be an update on the current issues affecting our Village Green Application so I hope you will be able to make it.