Last night I filmed the meeting of Thanet Council's Pleasurama Task and Finish Group. This is not the entire film, but this section is interesting because it shows that despite 11 years of total failure senior council officers are still trying to do a deal with failed developers SFP Ventures. These are the people who have blighted one of the most important areas of Ramsgate's seafront with a bombsite and despite promise after promise have been unable to raise the finance to do all but the basic foundation laying. The people of Ramsgate have made it clear through a petition of almost 2,000 signatures and overwhelming opposition to this project at a public meeting in the summer, that they do not want the Pleasurama Development, yet TDC officers and the Labour Party political bosses in Thanet's controlling Cabinet seem hell bent on doing a deal with companies who have let Ramsgate down and vandalised the seafront over the past 11 years.
At least some of the councillors last night are less than happy about SFP Ventures and their appalling track record, but sadly a number of Ramsgate Councillors who are also members of Thanet Council cabinet are hell bent on pushing through the Pleasurama development, despite what local resident think.
On the question of filming council meetings Thanet District Council are positively medieval in their approach to this subject. Both the Conservative and Labour parties nationally are in favour of filming council meetings and one of our local MPs, Laura Sandys has publicly stated her support for filming at meetings. I have now deliberately broken the Council's ridiculous rules and may do so again.