Arts & Elbows

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

Monday, September 25, 2006

All Wells that Ends Well - maybe.

Councillor Chris Wells has stepped forward to help calm things over the likely closure of Revolution Skatepark and helped wrangle a three month extension to the park's lease in the hope of generating serious negotiation over the parks future.
It makes a refreshing change to report on a councillor helping with vital issues so full marks to the mature machinations of councillor Wells, it gives Revolution a chance to save their facility and hopefully saves the public from watching Thanet Community Development Trust show their true colours in aiming personal attacks against the owner Dan Chapman.
Unfortunately for the public interested in this story part of the extension deal is a gagging clause, so don't expect to hear much more about it anywhere until it's too late. This is convenient for TCDT who despite turning over funds in the millions feel the best way to serve the community is to go around doubling the rents of world-class community facilities, and acting petulantly should anyone dare to point out the error in their ways. It also prevents the management of Revolution seeking publicity for their Save our Skatepark campaign, so no more embaressing stories on the BBC. I imagine the TCDT are rubbing their hands together with glee over that one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Revolution cant say anything with regards to TCDT and how they go about their business, then it should be down to the public, come on everyone ask those questions about how this organisation is run

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to launch some kind of investigation into these bloody con-men come charity types. How can you penalise a facility that offers such a great service to the community and still call yourself a "community trust"? Ridiculous!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Wells said...

As I am covered by the no comment agreement I shall be careful what I say! The agreement simply extends over the period of negotiation, when it may well be counter productive for all sides to see versions of their conversations in the paper between discussions. It is not, and should not, be used to prevent anyone asking genuine questions about the participants general role and responsibilities.

2:49 PM  

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