Friday, 9 October 2009
Happy Anniversary to the China Gateway Planning Approval
Guest blogger Jenny Matterface writes:
"Can it really be a year since that stormy full council meeting at which CGP (now CGI) was given planning permission for Phase 1? Can we ask what has happened since that day?
Firstly, has the Section 106 that so many councillors fought for been signed yet?
How many of the conditions imposed have been acted upon? The diversion of the public footpath; the installation of mains drainage; the environmental impact study; the archaeological study; the restricted hours of work and so on?
Has the Planning Committee been kept up to speed on the various elements it insisted on?
Has EKO LLP, that joint venture by TDC and KCC, finally sold the land required for the Gateway show building? There was talk of meetings being held at which terms were being negotiated but has a conclusion acceptable to both sides finally been agreed?
What did the Chinese visitors think of Margate during their recent visit? Did they approve of the three Mayors kow-towing to them when most of us would only bow to our Queen?
Is Cllr. Ezekiel sincere in his statement in the Isle of Thanet Gazette when he said there would be no expansion of the Manston Business Park? Where does that leave Phases 2 and 3 intended to be built on what has been described as ‘the most versatile agricultural land in England’.
Will the Chinese go ahead if they only have Phase 1?
The CGI shares are currently trading at a three- month low what is the immediate future for the company? With a massive bank loan due for re-payment will the company be able to re-negotiate their loans?
We all want worthwhile employment for Thanet. We know there would have been some jobs (but perhaps not as many as the company was promising) had the scheme got underway so it must be frustrating for all those who voted for the application to be approved to see so little apparent progress. Can we perhaps get an update from the company and its supporters as to when we might see some of the warehouses up and running? Will the company consider siting the HGV activity away from Acol so that the residents can get some sleep?
So many questions. So little real information."
Do have a look at the video, scroll to 3 minutes and watch Roger Latchford performing the traditional Thanet welcome to distinguished guests from the East, the removal of the traffic cone from the doorway. I know there was extensive cultural research in preparation for this visit, so perhaps this was some kind of feng shui?