As I sit here twiddling my proverbials, racking the old ECR cerebellum for a way to kick off my latest Thanet revelation for Private Eye (watch this space), my thoughts stray to our beloved council's vision for the island.
Quite what will be left to have a 'vision' about by 2030, once they've flogged everything off and concreted over the rest, lord knows. According to the Uranians, the Millionaires' Playground will by then be 'a premier sailing destination, with an expanded marina and additional ferry operators'. I'm not sure how that sits with flogging huge great lumps of it off (Maritime Museum, land on the port) while ensuring the place has no watery entertainment for the masses this year and simultaneously flying 5,000 knackered old jumbo jets over the place every day. And as for 'additional ferry operators', the much-trumpeted Euroferries fast service is still only a twinkle in some shipping magnate's glass eye, it seems.
You could pretty much conclude that 'vision' and 'Thanet Council' are oxymoronic. But no! As the picture above illustrates, by failing to dredge the harbour, the council is at least creating more assets, which, by 2030 they'll be able to flog off to the usual suspects for luxury apartments!
New look Thanet Tatters out this week!