I find this an interesting juxtaposition. As I noted last night, he is rightly proud of initiatives like Thanet Earth, London Array at Ramsgate Port and Thanet Offshore Windfarm which is currently being constructed. Indeed it was good to hear that all 4 major local supermarkets are taking produce from Thanet Earth. We also talked about a major sign alongside Thanet Way to highlight Thanet Earth. I think this would be a good thing branding Thanet as somewhere where green initiatives are welcome.
It was disappointing though to find out that there will be no review of green initiatives by the Council for 12 months. Whilst this is a corporate policy I think it is wrong. Signing the Nottingham Declaration means you need to take action in 2 years so this seems a complacent approach to me. We will be half way through before things can be changed.
It is also regrettable that the Council is not going to take the opportunity to say this year will be the last air show. Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel as Leader when signing the declaration committed to
"achieving a significant reduction of greenhouse gas reductions from the authority's own operations"
Unlike Manston Airport which is a private business, the Airshow is a Council initiative so by putting money into aviation fuel the effect is to both burn our money, and to burn our future. I think it will be hard for the Council to meet its commitment under the Nottingham Declaration if it continues to promote tourism based on planes.
I saw today an initiative that I think Thanet should engage with more. When looking at conservation I always think of the land. Of course Thanet has miles of glorious coast and Marine Conservation Zones offer a marvelous opportunity. The scheme has only just started. It will not get fully going until 2012. A South East version of a site like this would be a good start.
This offers opportunities for walks at low tide and diving. More boat trips to see seals and other initiatives. Far more sustainable tourism than an airshow. Something that can be enjoyed every day of the year. Our past, our present and our future.
Roger Latchford said last night that the air show was only 30 minutes. That's the worst short term thinking I've heard of in quite a while. It is regrettable that Thanet Conservatives don't get conservation.