My bookshop closed today and although hoping to be able to
paint outside the weather wasn’t up to it, I spent a fair amount of time in the
cathedral. Most of it doing preparatory sketches for what I hope will be a
reasonable watercolour of the chancel.
The Buffs Chapel has had a really good clean up and the
flags have been restored
Right at the end of the day I did a bit more on my
watercolour from the stone seat under Bell Harry of. What? Well the bit on the
right is in front of me looking you the nave’s north transept, the pillar just
left of the middle is about 20 feet away from me but about seventy feet high
and on the left of that is the view looking down the north side on the nave,
the pillar on the far left is the side of the arch behind me.
October 14th 1923 scouts outside the Royal Temple Yacht Club
November 13th 1921 scouts mayors day church parade St
scouts mayors parade 1947, car park Elms Avenue Queen
mayors parade 1947 High Street Goulden and Wind's picture
I have just had my lunch while watching PMQs which was
almost enough to put me off voting for anyone.
It did however make me think about the use of the question
in debate and how they are much easier to ask than to answer.
On the local history front I have been interested as to how
much interest there has been in stuff relating to Broadstairs, with
considerable feedback related to the Dancing Queen World Record Broadstairs
22nd May 2011 picture, so here is the link to the blog post about that then.
This includes link to pictures of the event and has some videos of the dancing
embedded in it http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/dancing-queen-world-record-broadstairs.html
Back to the questions, on the Manston front, for those who
only want aviation use for the site, what use would thy like for the site if
aviation just proves unviable and therefore impossible there? And of course the
other way around, if the DCO gets approved and Manston gets turned into a busy airfreight
hub, do those against this think there will be some way of living with it or
will they just move away?
A list of eight council-owned
assets for disposal will be discussed at theCabinetmeeting on Thursday 27 April.
Councillors will be asked to
vote to proceed in principle with the sale of the following assets:
Land at Phase 2 - Eurokent Business Park
Phase 1 – Eurokent Business Park
Land adjacent to 2 Park Place, Margate
Land at Eastern Entrance to Northdown Park,
Land at Hengist Road, Minnis Bay, Birchington
Northdown Garages and Store
Palm Bay Coach Park
Quarterdeck, Zion Place, Margate
The council recognises that
two of the assets listed are leased to third parties to provide services for
The land adjacent to Northdown Park is
maintained by Margate Garden Gate Project which works with adults with
learning disabilities or mental health issues.
The Quarterdeck is home to the Thanet Youth Hub
and leased by KCC.
It should be noted
that any existing tenants or licensees have the protection of the terms of
their tenancy or licence agreements.
Consultation period If the decision is taken to
go ahead with the sale of these assets, there will be a three-week consultation
period when local ward councillors can give their views on the proposals.
Members of the public can also present their views to their ward councillors
during this time. Not all assets listed may be disposed of during 2017.
Tim Howes, Director of
Corporate Governance, said: “TDC owns around 750 assets
in the form of land and buildings throughout the district. This needs
significant management and budgetary commitment which has to be balanced
against the benefits they provide to the community.”
“Monies raised through the
sale of council-owned assets will help fund important capital projects. This is
part of the council’s medium-term financial strategy, 2016-2020.”
“In most cases, sales will be
through open auction which gives the greatest potential to meet our legal
obligation to achieve the best possible price.”
Notes to Editors
recommendation by officers to sell these properties is part of the council’s
asset disposal strategy which was agreed by Cabinet in 2016. This is playing a
key role in reducing the amount of council-owned property in the district and
protecting assets that would otherwise fall into disrepair.
of unwanted TDC assets, the council is following the practice of other local
authorities and so far this has been successful with sales totalling £964,000.
Over the next
two years, there will be further sales of council-owned assets and in all cases
the final decision to sell any type of property will be subject to cabinet
carried out a detailed review of the benefits of continued ownership of assets
across the district to help ensure that asset sales benefit both the authority
and Thanet taxpayers. This review demonstrated that some types of property or
land would be suitable for sale into private ownership, while others would be
suitable for the council to let as a corporate landlord.
The sale of
unwanted council-owned property is now part of the council’s asset management
strategy to reduce costs and generate additional income. This in turn can be
used to fund improvements to other buildings and assets across the district
through the council’s capital programme. This approach is built into the
council’s medium term financial strategy, 2016-2020.
through previous sales:
10 Market Street, Margate - Sold
for £180,000 at auction in February 2017
Land at Duke Street, Margate -
Sold for £270,000 at auction in February 2017
Newgate Gap store, Margate -
Sold for £99,000 at auction in February 2017
Dane Valley Enterprise Units in
St Peter's, Broadstairs - Sold for £415,000 at auction in March 2017
of publically-owned assets the council is required by law to achieve the best
price reasonably obtainable. A public auction is generally the most appropriate
way to achieve this from those who are competing to purchase the asset and this
method of disposal gives everyone the opportunity to bid.
I am having another go at trying to understand the internet’s
social media, Facebook is really the only other social media site I use and with
that I really only either put up what I post on my blog or link what I put up
on my blog.
With Facebook the main issue that I am getting at the moment
if spam friends requests, difficult for me as a lot of the genuine friends requests
I get are from people who have a common interest, rather than people who I would
know by name.
For the most part this is local history, but there is also a
certain amount watercolour paining related or related to the scandal involving
my old school.
I have now taken to messaging people who send me unlikely looking friends requests before approving the request.
Events on this week: 19th - 26th - York Street Gallery Exhibition 22nd - 1st May - Looping The Loop, Around Ramsgate 26th - Northwood Singers, St. Marks Church 26th - 3rd - York Street Gallery Exhibition 27th - Blend For Everyone Who Loves to Sing, The Salvation Army Church Hall 27th - Thanet Sound Crowd with Filipe Gomes, Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, CT12 6HX 27th - Xenia Rubinos, Ramsgate Music Hall 28th - Sam Brookes, Ramsgate Music Hall 29th - Mayor of Ramsgate Civic Dinner, Royal Temple Yacht Club 29th - Alex Paterson [The Orb] - DJ Legend Series, Ramsgate Music Hall 29th - Free Introduction to Bowls, Government Acre, The Esplanade 29th - Make Me A Star 2017 Heat Two, The Salvation Army, High Street