Monday, 6 July 2009


The Kinks classic song "The Village Green Preservation Society " is a classic track of the 1960s. Bertie Biggles on Thanet Strife has been campaigning on the problems in Dumpton Park Drive and I have commented here.

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good people do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Thanet District Council is attempting to give itself planning permission for a 4-bedroom house upon land for which it holds no freehold title. Despite 18 months of evidenced, legal argument against it, the planning department pursues its course despite being forced to temporarily withdraw it at a full Council meeting on 23 April. For the full story so far, visit

and read ‘The Extraordinary Conduct of TDC in Dumpton Park Drive’ parts 1 – 4.

Steve Ladyman MP is supporting the local residents. He writes:

"Along with many thousands of pounds spent in legal advice against Thanet Council, Dumpton Park Drive residents have applied to Kent County Council to have the ‘open land’ between 132 & 134 Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs given ‘Village Green’ status. This area, which Thanet Council does not own, has been taken for granted as a pleasant green space and a community asset and focal point in this stretch of Dumpton Park Drive for over 40 years. Thanet Council does not own it therefore it cannot sell it, why then is it attempting to grant planning permission to itself? I invite you to show solidarity with your neighbours and join them in free refreshments. Let’s show we’re a community rather than just the providers of cash for Thanet Council to run itself to its own agenda

I will be making a speech and local Councillors will be in attendance.

I look forward to meeting you and enjoying the summer garden party.

If you require any further information, please contact 603368.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mark,
    A terrific job on your blog, we're very grateful. Funnily enough, we've ordered 3 copies of the Kinks Village Green CD on Amazon. One to play during the day and two to give away as prizes. We're sure Ray Davis would be pleased!
    Long live Dumpton Park Village Green.
    Once again, many thanks.

    Margaret and Graeme and all the residents.