Thanet Star

Thanet's Divide

I'm sure that you're aware of the divide in Thanet - the geological divide, that is.

Margate: The place you don't want to walk alone at night.

Broadstairs: The place that you could leave your door open all night with a sign outside that says "I have millions in gold sitting in my lounge" and be safe.

Ramsgate: The one in between. Be wary but you're probably okay.

At least, that's what image they have. For the longest time, I've argued the toss that these opinions aren't accurate. Margate has its problems but it's not as bad as it's made out to be. Broadstairs isn't as great as it is believed to be. That's actually pretty true about Ramsgate, to be fair.

I recently saw crime stats for Thanet that did nothing but reinforce these notions. Kent police published the number of call outs specific streets had for violent and sexual assaults so far this year. Broadstairs had a grand total of one street with other 10 call outs. Ramsgate had 5 with the highest being 25 and an average of 14.6 callouts.

To put all of those into perspective, across the 5 Ramsgate streets there were a grand total of 73 calls. Northdown Road had 75 alone. Margate had 37 streets with over 10 call outs.

You can see the full details here and have a look to see if your street is on the list.

There's clearly a divide that does exist. There's even a life expectancy difference between the towns. If you live in Cliftonville West you're expected to live a couple of years less than if you live in outside the ward.

Why is there this divide? I don't have the answer, unfortunately, but there are numerous social-economical differences between the areas and that isn't helping. It's been well established now that poverty causes a lot of problems in the area, especially when the entire area is impoverished. Recently, Thanet Star's editor published an article over on Lord Matt calling on Thanet's people to start on the path to end the poverty in the area. Head over and have a look. It's not going to solve all of our problems, but if we can make a start, lessen the divide between the areas and unleash the potential in this isle that we call home, isn't that our duty?

David Chitty is a Thanet local who spends far too much time tending to his beard. He can be found on davidchitty.com or on Facebook.
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