Arts & Elbows

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

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Freedom - the art of doing what you're told.

The ruining of the excellent Margate library is going ahead despite what the locals might want. The mockery of public consultation is pictured above, including the plans. Note the plans are ready prior to asking the public anything. Armed with emotive and biased questions such as "Don't you think the building is too dull and drab for a modern library service?", "Wouldn't it be better to have a more modern space for the 21st century?", etc, it can only be a matter of weeks before the Council claim more excellence in whatever they do.
They've already made plans for relocating the library service to the old M&S, although they're keeping mum about the high costs. One additional worrying development is the shrinking of the gallery area and it's conversion into a "Children's Gallery", so say goodbye to the usual high quality annual calendar of shows. If that wasn't poor enough it looks like they'll hand management of the space over to Creative Partnership, or The Turner Crew. Both highly experienced in making cash from art in education projects while delivering rather dull shows.
Just who this whole mess is set to benefit isn't immediately apparent, but despite us the locals paying for the thing it's unlikely to be us.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. The "Public Consultation" is a farce.
Mind you, they couldn't very well say to the Library-using public
"How would you like to give over half the library space to Thanet Benefits Claims? No? Oh. What a surprise. Oh well we've decided already. Never mind. We're sure you'll like it when its done."

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutly!it is a disgrace that us the public are being led to believe we are being consulted when it has already been decided..how can the library afford to lose any space?less books?they seem to be in scant supply already!I dont want to go and sit upstairs and read a paper or whatever and be next to a booth with someone with tdc issues.ooo it makes me angry..

1:56 PM  

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