Sorry that's just an attention seeking title, but in reality I'm writing this without letting too many facts cloud the issue, Labour councillors have invested a lot of effort in tarting up Dalby Square, which has become a diverse neighbourhood and home for people from across Europe seeking a better life.
However despite the efforts of Labour activist, who I'd say have been prime movers in improving the area, one area in need of sorting out has been the Warren Court Hotel site which is currently I guess only occupied by rodents on self catering holidays.
Moving on, Town and Country Housing Group a housing association, are planning to throw up some "social housing" on the site and Thanet Council have decided to bung gratis, free, a large chunk of land, which currently is a flat green space, offering something better than social housing, an area, in the right proportion for a game of football, still given the proximity of a play area in the square, the more ornate park type bit, a superb children's playground and not least miles of cliff top, beach et cetera local Tories see this as a bit of a luxury, which of course it is.
There is clearly a valid case for keeping the "green", but on the other hand local Tories apparently see social housing as a priority which I guess is why they've decide to gift the "green" which even in today's climate must be worth many thousands of pounds. My own opinion is that Thanet council ought to sell the green as an asset still I get the impression that rather than address the chronic over staffing and inefficiency at the council, "officers" like turkeys prefer asset sales rather than Christmas dinners and compliant Tories go along with the advice.
As far as I can tell, a large section of Thanet's spiv developers, have been building "luxury apartments" which in reality are pokey low cost spaces, tomorrows slums today, that I understand, usually end up, in the buy to rent market or taken up by housing associations so what the hell, why doesn't the council at least get something out of the deal?
If TDC had a granny to sell they would, so can someone tell me why they're not maximising on the green, it seems that this could be sold to any one of the carpet bagging, down from London types, or our own local developers, who would build the usual "luxury" flats.
Still the irony of the situation which seems upside down, was pointed out to me just before I reached the final stretch here (although I was getting there), and it is this, a Conservative administration is trying to increase affordable social housing and the Labour group have somehow manoeuvred themselves into a position where they're opposed housing, Labour ought to accept the need for housing and Tories ought to accept that the "green" is an asset that shouldn't be gifted.LATE BREAKING NEWS Its clear that the political temperature is on increase as we drift into autumn Clive Hart's Labour group has got itself in poor position on Dalby Square so tonight, Clive has diverted his energy elsewhere sending out an email addressing some side show a bit of alleged mud slinging which of coarse is always more important than the small issues like affordable homes for those in need, its a bit like Tony Bliars performance this week, no hint of concern for what matters, to us the people.
Although the email is in the public domain, published on Mark Nottingham's weblog tonight, I' think I'll hang fire on reproducing it here since it seems little more than mud raking, if Clive Hart, is he trying to suggest he and his colleagues have never made jibes of a similar nature, come off it Clive.