Sunday, January 21, 2007

Weally Wheelie Wubbish

The much heralded rollout of the current phase of wheelie bins seems to be causing much consternation among the various residents of Thanet who are having these things imposed on them.
Word reaches Observers ears of a mini disaster in Newington/Northwood areas,it seems that the leaflets setting out the new arrangments were missing when the bins were finally delivered, consequently collections were missed and the resultant mess is unbeleivable. It also seems that the contract for collection of waste paper was cancelled BEFORE the wheelies were due to begin, to add insult to injury Observer hears of problems with delivery in Holbrook Drive/ Newington Road areas where Labour dinosaurs Mike Harrison and Wynne Gore live, over to them to continue the story. Mike Harrison says
" When the guys who were delivering came into our road they missed the first house,delivered to the next one, missed the next six, delivered to the next two and then buggered off! I had to phone the depot to ask what was going on as most of one side and all of the other side had been missed out. The new bins duly arrived minus instructions and calender. A neighbour contacted TDC and was told all was well"
Wynne Gore added " For some reason, residents in Newington Road Ramsgate were not informed, in any way, of the change of refuse collection day before it took place - and only discovered the change when they rang TDC to report that their refuse had not been collected.
The call centre told the public that the paper collection day had not been changed. In my case the refuse collectors removed from our refuse bin four weeks supply of paper which had been for re-cycling but had got very wet outside on our previous collection day"

Now Observer is not noted for outstanding brain power but it seems to me that someone would have ensured that in an area where two opposition Councillors live special care would have been taken to get it right!! It appears that the shortfall in Newington is as a result of over enthusiasm in the Westbrook area where Mr Margate himself Mick Tomlinson has taken delivery of SIX wheelie bins.

No doubt Latchford will be in the paper next week proclaiming the whole excercise an outstanding success

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Okay Ya !

Plans are apparently afoot to create some kind of artists quarter interspersed with fresh fish shops on Margate peir.
This grandious plan is the brain (sic) child of something called the Margate Renewal Partnership Board, not to be confused with the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, both of the august bodies claim to be the ones responsible for a renewed Margate and also claim the involvment of various partners. Strangely missing from BOTH lists is Thanet District Council.

New Year-new start

New Year-new start.
As the title suggests I am back,, I have been rather tardy in publishing of late but have been busy on Biggles blog.
Judging by some of the comments on there it seems his readers get more reactionary by the day, frequent references to Johnny Foreigner abound and one individual refers to 'feral children' in a rather unpleasant post.
It seems that everything is everyone elses fault and poor old Mr.Xenophobe, who apparently lives in a nice square box in a nice square town with nice square points of veiw is always the victim.
Why am I reminded of the Pete Seeger song 'Little Boxes' ?


Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there's doctors and lawyers
And business executives
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same,
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1962, Schroder Music Company