Wednesday, 17 August 2011
A couple of weeks ago one of the most popular seats in Thanet was found to have collapsed.
This was reported to Thanet District Council and was discussed at the last resident's association meeting in Westbrook. Our local politicians agreed to try to get this replaced. The understanding was that there were seats surplus that had been removed from other sites. Simple!!
No!! The response from TDC was:
"Just to let you know I deal with the seating on the Foreshore areas - yes the bench was removed as it was reported as broken thank you for passing the information to us - however, the empty space will only be used for a memorial seats for which the Foreshore section is responsible. We receive many requests for them and as soon as I get a someone showing an interest in that area it will be replaced with a Gloster Evenlode Seat which is the standard bench that we use on our beach fronts areas."
Responses from residents:
"We need a seat now and none of us are planning to die so that one can be put up in memory! Again we should say there are some in the shed!!!"
"A stroll along the top of the Cliffs between Westbrook and Westgate bays reveals several seat locations where seats have simply been nicked! Not surprising really when the Gloster Evenlode is such an attractive bench.
Perhaps the Council should consider using a more functional bench – there are several on offer at
And for that matter at substantially lower cost than the Gloster."
Well there you go the saga continues. The matter is now in much higher hands. Does someone really have to die to get our seat replaced?