However not for a week or two, I had a couple of days off last weekend, and enjoyed a quick break away.
Monday will be posting an announcement.
In the meantime, Bill Furness (Thanet Liberal Democrats) has some interesting thoughts
Margate: the ghost town on the isle of concrete
Margate was unkindly labelled "Britain’s top ghost town" recently by the national press. However did this come about?
It was the present Tory-controlled Thanet District Council and the previous Labour administration that badly let down the residents of Margate – a lack of leadership and vision have failed us all and given us this unwanted accolade.
The increasing expansion and planned construction of even larger shops at Westwood Cross is killing the high-street shopping areas of Margate, Cliftonville, Ramsgate and Broadstairs with its free parking and range of larger shops.
There are no real constructive plans or ideas to combat this attraction to shoppers, and older existing town centres have been left to die.
Even the Margate Caves – one of the town’s last tourist attractions – were shut down and boarded up in very puzzling circumstances, while millions of pounds are being spent on the Turner Contemporary in a bid to attract people to Margate.
This project has a built-in annual loss factor, and I just hope that this vision for the regeneration of the town does not falter or we, the taxpayers, will have to bail this venture out.
We are also lumbered with the plans to build 1,200 new homes on the green fields next to the shopping malls.
This will increase the amount of traffic on the already-congested roads around Westwood – why does the council not use the many brownfield sites in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs before using up our fast-depleting green fields.
As an example of how things could be done differently – and better – the borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire used up every brownfield area that it could, saving a very large area of greenfield land that would have been needed to build a planned 6,000 new homes.
A visit by our local councillors to Eastleigh borough to see how this was achieved would be of great value to our community – we must stop concreting over fields when there is so much unused land within Thanet’s towns.