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200 missing children mostly from Thanet

While I have been trying to make sense of the figures for the 956 children taken into care last year it seems social services have lost over 200 of them.

Finder of the lost Children
It seems that thisiskent.co.uk are reproting on a story headlines Investigation into Kent's missing children in care which is a story concerning the 200 odd missing children lost in the care system.

How the sweet crap do you lose 200 vulnerable children?

According to the article 90% of the children in care are in Thanet which suggests that Thanet District is responsible for losing approximately 180 children. To lose one child is unacceptable this simply defies description. Yet with so many children in the area already living in poverty why are we loading up an under funded district with such a high percentage of cases?

I reported that back in 2011 that Social Services was out of control and lacked scrutiny (according to Hansard debates) and now two years on the problem is no better.

Councillor Wise (Cliftonville East) is quoted as saying: There appears to have been a complete breakdown, if there was ever one established, of links between local authorities and other agencies tasked to monitor the activities of unscrupulous suppliers of children's and adult social services, local estate agents and absentee landlords.

(I could have told you that years ago.)

The question now is - what will be done to find our missing children?

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Godden Junior gains access to Dreamland

The Godden family have once more gained access to Dreamland Cinema.

The son of the well known property tycoon Jimmy Godden, Jeremy Godden appeared in Thanet County Court last Friday to challenge an injunction served served two weeks ago by council officers and can now enter Dreamland Cinema.

Jeremy Godden, 23, challenge the injunction which was served by the council after his new firm, Dreamland Leisure Cinema (DLC), bought the building. The purpose of the injunction was to protect vital work on the Dreamland organ which is part of the Grade II* listed art-deco building.

A further court order will be needed before the building can be occupied and may in fact end up in the ownership of Thanet District Council as early as June after the High Court judge finally dismissed the appeal against the compulsory purchase of Dreamland.

You can read more on this story at thisiskent.co.uk: Goddens granted access to Dreamland Cinema (saved in case it vanaishes too)

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Vanishing news: archived by quick thinking local

On Friday the 24th of May This is Kent posted a news article. Not long after it was taken down without a word spoken about it.

The article in question penned by Thomas Brown documented the Conservative party walking out of a council meeting on the 16th of May and calling the Labour leader "a pathetic bully" after Clive Hart removed two (disgraced) conservative members from non executive unpaid committee positions.

One of those conservatives was Ken Gregory (the councillor with the mere 60% attendance rate who was the subject of a recent temper tantrum in council after he told another councillor that he hoped he got AIDS).

However the Internet has a long memory and some bright spark saved a screenshot of the story from the Google Cache. You can view the screen shot here.

Quite aside from the importance of this news to local politics one has to wonder what caused the news site to take down the story. We're they coerced into doing so or did they simply lose the record for some other reason (like error)? If Thomas Brown or another writer or editor for the site would like to email me I am happy to disclose the story behind the story without naming names.

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Double-decker bus stolen and then crashed in Ramsgate

I know, let's steal a bus - what could possibly go wrong?

After words like these a bus was indeed stolen and then crashed. Police are searching for two men after the joyriders crash a double-decker bus in Ramsgate. They have released CCTV images of the people they would like to speak to.

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Temper tantrums at council

This meeting is made up of Hypocrites and Hate Criminals, says Worrow.

In a vocal outburst that ended with him leaving the meeting Independent councillor John Worrow branded the Scrutiny Committee "hypocrites" and councillor Ken Gregory a "hate criminal" this evening.

I will attend meetings when I feel like it. He said at one point during his tirade which brought the meeting to a standstill.

Should we take it that John Worrow is no longer fully representing the people who elected him? After all if he plans to not attend all his meetings then how can he be a voice for the voter?

I have every sympathy for the fact that Ken Gregory spoke quite out of turn in wishing John Worrow AIDS but with the best will in the world this particular reaction helps no one.

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Margate Lives?

Back in 2007 I described exactly how to revive Margate and it is good to see that six years later someone has finally gotten arround to stealing my idea. It's about time too.

Margate High Street Saturday

This saturday just gone I found myself walking up Margate High Street and I heard some music. I could not see where the music was coming from for the crowds of people. All I could tell was that it was pretty darn good.

As a weaved my way past the pole dancer (I kid you not) and the crowds there I set my eyes on these guys and suddenly everything became clear.

Beggars' Belief Playing On Margate High Street

Stilt walkers in Margate High Street
This six piece band is called Beggars' Belief. I happen to think that they are rather good. They were there along with the pole dancer, clown, stilt walkers and crowd. At the time I had not the slightest idea what they were all doing there but knew that the party would boost trade in the high street so it was a good thing. It turns out that the band were there to celebrate the official opening of "Poportunity" which I must have failed to notice at all.

"Poportunity" was opened by Mary Portas last year although it seems that she has taken her sweet time about actually spending that money was promised. You are most welcome, by the way, Mary - no need to give credit where it's due. When you need more good ideas give me a shout, love.

For all there was clearly some good fun and good music being enjoyed in Margate I can't help feeling that there was a bit of a missed opportunity to actually draw attention to anything. I'm seriously starting to doubt the ability Ms Portas to really get anything much organised, much less to understand the area or the nature of crowds.

The self serving trumpet blowing of Mary Portas aside the town seemed to be having a jolly good time.

Here are some more pictures of the day.

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My blog features spelling errors

My blog has spelling errors in it.

Most people who have read this site for long enough have realised that this bloke Matt can code for Britain but can still let the odd spelling error through. As can his guest writers sometimes.

The reason is that my brain is wired up differently to yours - we call this alternative wiring dyslexia. It means that I am naturally likely to excel at some tasks and yet may find other things a bit more of a challenge.

For example I can visually organise massive amounts of data in my head and almost instinctually spot anomalies in data. This means that I tend to make very quick and insightful statistical analysis and, as you might know, have a tendency to present charts with my blog posts.

On occasion I have ideas that defy expression in words and I turn to art to convey these ideas.

Sometimes words come out with a few letters a little bit wrong. Not so much that people don't know what I want to say but less than one hundred percent perfect. On the whole I think I would prefer to stay good with data, charts and code logic at the cost that sometimes I spell things squiffy.

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Things to do in Thanet this bank Holiday?

I am looking for things to do today but I have come up short can you help me?

Aside from the basics - beach, park and pub (all classics in their own right, I have no doubt) the list of things that one can do on a bank holiday seems a touch short.

11am - Half Hour Tour of the Touner contemprary. Price: Free. A Turner Contemporary Navigator leads a free 30 minute guided tour of the exhibition. Other activities include the family friendly Feel, explore, play and build with different materials.

Ramsgate May Fair, last day today. Although after the free entry you really want to have some money to spend.

If you can get out to it there is the Monkton Nature Reserve set in 16 acres of abandoned chalk quarry, that has been dramatically reclaimed by nature. It features many important habitats, fascinating geology and rare orchids. The reserve also houses the Thanet Observatory and the first artificial bat cave built in the UK. Opens 10am - 4pm. Members get in free (I think) but as the price of membership or the price otherwise the site is not exactly clear.

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The Unstoppable Will Scobie

Will Scobie continued to show us what a powerhouse he is taking the only Labour Win.

Cllrs Jodie Hibbert & Will Scobie
At a time when Thanet chose protesting against all three main parties rather than choosing people to act in the interest of Kent for Kent issues Will Scobie showed us that he was made of more popular stuff and won the only non-UKIP seat in Thanet.

With strongly racist undertones in the comments around the web (especially in certain forums) the discussion is entirely around national politics with the needs of Kent coming a poor third to mid-term protesting. And people wonder why our council is so inefficient...

However my warmest congratulations to Will Scobie - you're going to be representing all of Thanet in Kent my friend - good luck with that.

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Stop, Vote Time! What the blogs are saying.

What have the local bloggers been saying about election day?

For goodness sake make the effort to vote Urges Michael of Michael's bookshop while Simon Moores reminds us that (in the face of an ellection) Jokes are seriouse.

Despite the message from leaders of all flavours to please go out and vote this time as currently it's all Conservatives with a few really good Liberal Democrats holding on but the blue could switch to a more blue and yellow format.

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Time to go out and vote!

It's voting time and in more ways than one.

As Thanet and Kent head to the polls to pick new councillors that, we hope, might actually show up for meetings this year there is a second secret vote afoot. Signed up members of Thanet Star (you secret few that found the link) are now voting on comments and rating them on helpfulness, insightfulness and homour. Great comments will be highlighted while poor ones will be hidden (but unhideable if you want to read them).

That means long rambly off topic rants get tucked neatly out of the way and good comments are awarded with some recognition. There are bound to be a few teething troubles but lets see how it works out.

In other news it's time to sack the politicians just in it for money and elect people who want to do a good job.

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Chris Wells: Laziest Councillor in Kent

I would like to present this un-award to Chris Wells for being particularly bad value for money these last six months.

Cups
This special non-credit goes to Councillor Chris Wells who seems to have spent a little too much time in the local boozer (or where-ever he hides) and too little time in meetings for which he is hansomly rewarded for attending.

Mr Wells managed just 50% of his TDc meetings and the only councillor to attend fewer was seriously (as in life threateningly) ill. At KCC Mr Wells also fails to impress managing just 38.5% of his meetings making his also the lowest attendance in all of Kent.

While I doubt that Mr Wells missing two thirds of his Kent commitments and half of Thanet commitments is likely to be explained any time soon this particular Conservative can comfort himself with the Thanet Star un-award for Laziest Councillor in Kent.

Jolly poor show old chap.

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