Alan Poole and Michelle Fenner the Labour councillors for Moses Montefiore ward have been campaigning with Steve Ladyman MP since 2007 to secure the future of vital leisure facilities in their ward. The Hands Off Our Tennis (HOOT) campaign they worked closely with was a big success. However, the Conservative administration at Thanet Council, having been beaten off once are again looking at trying to sell off the tennis courts for housing.
The slogan at the 2007 Council election of local Conservatives was Vote Blue, Go Green. Shamefully they are reneging on this manifesto commitment and Selling the Green to get their mismanagement out of the Red.
Thanks to innovative legislation brought in by the Labour Government in October 2008, local residents plus Michelle and Alan made an application to Kent County Council for the ‘putting green’ and tennis courts at Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate to be registered as Common Land.
The Kent County Council Regulation Committee met on 6th February to consider the application. Thanks to Michelle, Alan and Steve's campaigning, plus the commitment of Ramsgate residents the committee decided to refer the decision to a public enquiry. This could secure the land as a green space forever for the people of Ramsgate.
Thanet Council are organising an Asset Disposal Consultation meeting on Friday 20th February at 2pm at their Cecil Square offices to persevere with their attempt to sell off this land. I hope all those who can will attend this meeting.
Hands Off Our Tennis Courts!