Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Unhealthy Developments

News in last weeks Gazette about a plan to change the pavement layout at the bottom of the Margate High Street has left many traders fuming. Thanet District Council handily claim this is to calm speeding cars, which sounds reasonable of course. The fact is there aren't any speeding cars here, the corner is too sharp for anyone to speed through it and in the last decade there has only been two minor traffic accidents in this spot.
So what could be the reasoning behind such a move? Could it be a handy way to fund improvements via the highways budget to bring benefit to a business owned by a good chum of senior councillors? Surely not.
Thanet District Council does seem keen on developments which help certain businesses without ever considering doing anything to benefit them all across the board. Likewise with residents, many having to suffer discomfort for the gain of others.


Blogger parnellpr said...

World cup blues are about to hit me big time... Just done my post on the final which didn't help matters. BTW as you are an architecture fan I would suggest you might be interested in having a peep at this months vanity fair, it has an article with pics of this famous architect's( forget the name) design of a trappiste monastery. V modern and minimalist.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Snailspace said...

One of the accidents near that junction involved a Police Car and a Traffic Island.
I don't quite understand why the police were trying to apprehend a traffic island.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Eastcliff Richard said...

Surely you're not suggesting that TDC should start running things for the benefit of the council tax payers? You do get some strange ideas in your head, Arty!

11:24 AM  
Blogger tony flaig said...

Not being to clever, or bright any danger of giving a better clue to your meaning without exposing yourself to libel laws. Perhaps you could draw a Map. To be honest its a little hot and im working long hours this week .

6:54 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Tony there's a single business at the very bottom of the high which would benefit greatly from increased pavement area. Can you see which it is yet?

12:50 AM  
Blogger tony flaig said...

Well I frequented Petes Fish Factory tonight before reading your reply maybe if im not working the weekend, I shall hoist the flaig carcass on me bike take a gander and at the same time investigate Margate Cafe Society perhaps I could compare with my trip to Venice last week where the coffee is crappochino and the service Sh*te and fill my blog with holiday snaps and waffle on about my holiday.

7:59 PM  

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