Now there's a surprise "Portas" money (David Cameron's High St. intiative) disappears into the shadowy world of Margate's great and the good, well at least according to the Independent newspaper, as it becomes apparent that of all those, sent freedom of information requests, to see just how wisely or not town teams have been, Margate was the only one unable to open up and let the world know how or if they have used any of the taxpayers one hundred thousand pounds in the high profile government initiative.
Just to add to concerns about Margate, Cllr Clive Hart (Labour Leader), has recently announced that he has taken over responsibility for economic development and regeneration, so far Clive's achievements as Labour leader have included, discouraging business at Manston Airport, backing Ian Driver over hardworking Mark Nottingham a longtime and loyal member of Labour for the Northwood ward, ( Ian Driver having been elected as a Labour member soon left the Labour group, with some discord, still a not unreasonable move given the circumstances).
I rang the council this morning and no shock here either, anyone who might knows what's going on with Margate High Street and the £100,000-00 were "in a meeting".
Click here for Mary Portas report not sure whether it recommended sitting on the money and doing nothing, that would take true Thanet bred genius, still since much of the first few pages were filled with, I this and I that, I didn't bother reading further, still why should I, the only beneficiary of all this will I assume be Mary Portas and Channel 4's viewers who unless they've been close to the Portas experience will naturally assume that every high street is full of Muppets, who are privileged just to be pawns for the inevitable Channel four documentary.
I feel sorry for those genuine people, who've worked to resuscitate Margate, one such person being Louise Oldfield, who was interviewed earlier today on BBC radio Kent, Saying "I don't think anyone knows where the money has gone" commenting "that there was a general lockdown of information on the budget" asked if she was aware of any money having been spent said, no. Toward the end of the interview Louise added this " that the situation was more than sad, it was tragic" and frankly it is.
Maybe it's time for Council Leader Clive Hart to stop posturing about what hard work he and his comrades are doing and actually do something, likewise where is Cllr Will Scobie, Margate Mayor in all this, yes we all know that as part of the "grooming process" for standing in the May county council elections he's been meeting and greeting us plebs, but come off it get involved!