Its not often here at Bignews we feel it necessary to heap praise on our esteemed local leaders but given my experiences this weekend I feel it would be mean not to thank Cllr Roger Latchford for the sterling efforts made by TDC, to ensure that no indolent taxpayer or visitor with a long weekend, gets to enjoy access to Thanet’s more precious assets, everything seems to have been padlocked.
Yesterday I made the mistake of thinking I could reasonably expect to enjoy a bit of quiet contemplation, in the walled garden of Northdown Park, today I was even more stupid to think I could expect to take some pleasure, in visiting the Italianate Greenhouse in King Edward VI park.
It would be fair to say I’m being a tad picky, you know, what sort of a person would want to visit, this little architectural gem on a sunny bank holiday weekend, and its a question that could be asked of the steady trickle of about 10 people who approached the greenhouse, in the space of about 5 minutes, whilst I was there, particularly annoyed must have been the couple, who told me they’d driven down from London.
We’ve heard often enough how the arts and culture is pivotal in the regeneration process, I believe I’ve even heard this from Cllr Latchford himself, as Deputy Leader of the council and cabinet member with assets as one of his portfolios, so well done for excluding the public from Thanet's gems like this and others.
Apologies I’ve probably pre-empted TDC press and media officers who will no doubt be sending out a press release on Tuesday to let us know how blimin marvellous everything is.