Of course, it's a given round here that everything Thanet Council touches turns to rubble. You only have to look at MC Bookman's brilliant exposé of the rubbish job that was made of our crumbling East Cliff facade to know that.
But word has reached me today of an attempt by the council to boot out a business that can trace its roots in Ramsgate Harbour back more than 60 years. Alan Booth, boss of Marlec Marine Ltd, has emailed me in apoplexy over his treatment by The Duffers. He's refused to sign a new lease on his arch opposite the marina as they've removed his right of tenure. Now they've given him notice to quit.
I am still in shock that TDC can treat us like this. Ron Cannon next door has been told he can keep his tenure because he has been a 'long term tenant'. I've been here 12 years and Marlec Marine has been here since 1992. Before that it was Walkers Marine which was incorporated in 1947. How long do you have to be in the harbour to be a 'long term tenant'?
We have been ringing and ringing the council but with no response. We are at our wits' end.
Well Alan, you have my utmost sympathy for what seems to be a typically senseless and incomprehensible move by our beloved council. I'm not surprised that you haven't had a response though. The Harbour Master is currently larging it up in Las Vegas!
Click here to go to Marlec Marine website