Arts & Elbows

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sacre Bleu

The latest Margate regeneration wheeze really takes the biscuit. As if spending £4.9 million on the old M&S premises to allow French artists to have a exhibition courtesy of the Contemporary Turner Centre wasn't enough, next the lower High Street is to be closed for a French Market.
Here we'll pay French traders to sell overpriced French produce on stalls set in front of local traders' premises, rates free of course. The parking spaces along the lower High Street which the businesses there depend on for both customers and deliveries will be unavailable and every stall holder will be given free parking in the few spaces left, while local traders still have to pay.
Just what is the thinking behind this? Could it be that tortourous schemes like this mean spending money, hiring people, lots of organising and therefore offers jobs for the boys paid rather well from the public purse? And why the French? Maybe fact finding trips to local traders aren't as much fun as continental jaunts and the bottles of wine likely to be picked up along the way.
A genuinely useful idea, such as free short-term parking in all the towns, would be simple to implement, wouldn't require employing people and would be cheaper. Of course it'd be hard to build an empire around simple and economically useful ideas, so it remains unlikely to ever happen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps you need to form your own version of Le Resistance. I seriously cannot believe that TDC have failed to implement free short term parking in the light of Westwood Cross, which I assume enjoys free parking for as long as anyone may wish.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Richard Eastcliff said...

I hear they're now planning to change the town's name to 'Mère-Portail'. Mind you, lends the place a bit of class, don't you think?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margate needs a market of its own on a regular basis. It would bring the Old Town alive.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy yourself a great stonking sausage from Rooks and eat it in their faces!

8:24 PM  

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