First up is the Budget. There have been changes since the last form of the Budget appeared, particularly in the fees section. Given so much of this report is going over my head, I’m going to give a pass on it this time round and come back to it when it comes before "Extraordinay" Full Council on the 19th. It’s not like the Cabinet is going to vote it down…
The Pierremont Park development has had a rocky road so far but looks to be getting there. I haven’t followed the story particularly closely but given only 10 responses came in for the consultation on this – and even then some of those comments are a little pushing it - you have to wonder if there’s really such a problem with it. I say give them the lease and wish them the best of luck.
Similarly with Margate FC, this has had a less than straightforward course, understandable perhaps. I touched on this a couple of weeks ago (last paragraph - Ed) and I still feel the same. This item isn’t being treated quite the same as Pierremont as there are different parts here and so different lengths of leases could be granted for different sections. Along with that, there is no officer’s recommendation, which basically leaves it up to the Cabinet to decide for itself.
Fort Road Hotel rounds things off, where its been a bit disappointing really. A few options on the table. Compulsory Purchase Order maybe? Looking at a Margate Building Preservation Trust could be a better option leaving aside a CPO. Hopefully 2012 will bode well for that building.
Cllr John Worrow’s campaign on alleged homophobia by North Thanet Conservatives continues unabated. The reference to Margate West has been removed re. the Facebook comments, but the news that he’s been offered legal advice by an "organisation" has been added (or maybe not looking at it now). If it’s the same guy he went to about “Mucho Worrow”, he might want a second opinion…
The fact is, we all have stuff posted on Facebook which might be seen to be rude or offensive, if someone was really looking to be offended. Even a comment like “a boy like you likes Kate bush? lol ;) xx” could be seen as stereotyping, even though it’s really quite harmless. A sense of humour in politics is important, especially so if you are high profile.
Anywho, welcome to 2012, readers. Hopefully I’ll have enough inspiration to post round the year. Don't forget to buckle up. 2012 is going to be a fun ride!