BROADSTAIRS A TOWN OUT OF CONTROL
as Thanet District Council gain draconian new powers!
Residents of Broadstairs, will be able to sleep easy tonight, assuming they have no regard for civil rights, and a sense of proportion.
Unbeknownst to us Thanetonians who do not reside in Broadstairs, Broadstairs has become a lawless place, a town for which normal rules and laws do not apply. To be honest this has come, as somewhat a of surprise, that things have got so bad in Broadstairs.
Thanet District Council along with Kent police have applied and got extreme new powers, which to my mind would not be out of place in a South American dictatorship, from the 1st June, police will if the mood takes them, be able to demand that groups of people disperse, in addition they will be imposing a tough curfew on anyone under the age of 16, between 9pm and 6am.
Perhaps the truly disturbing, issue in all this, is the fact, that things have got so rough in Broadstairs, that the councils press release, dares not give any details of the hideous crimes, too horrific to mention that have motivated this action. Since murder, armed robbery, crimes of violence seem commonplace in Margate, Birchington and Ramsgate the mind boggles at what the residents of Broadstairs have been facing.
Councillor Chris Wells, Cabinet member for safer neighbourhoods, is quoted as follows "I am delighted to be making this early announcement of our continuing determination *to reduce anti-social behaviour in Thanet.'' Well I'm pleased that Chris Wells is delighted, however I personally feel that this is an over-the-top reaction, kids have always congregated on Broadstairs seafront, and they have always been noisy etc (me included almost 40 years ago).
On the subject of introducing curfews, again going back nearly 40 years, I was frequently out after 9pm for legitimate reasons but back then, I would not have faced arrest.
I can't wait to see what Chris Wells and his safer neighbourhoods colleagues have in-store for us rougher Margatonians, let alone Birchington's armed criminals, perhaps we will be shot on sight.
*I think this word (to) was ommited in the Thanet council press release