Council crush community

ImageOne of the things that most inspired me about Margate was the community-built skatepark on the abandoned Little Oasis Crazy Golf course.

The skatepark was built on a small corner, a former remote control car track. Built by people who knew what they were doing, it had proper poured concrete ramps and othe features.

It cleared a plot used for flytipping and covered in rubbish.

And brought people together – English and Eastern European, young and old worked together, played together, invested time and effort together. Collectively they made the area feel safer, feel cleaner and feel happier.

This morning at 6am, protected by Kent Police, Thanet Council contractors moved onto the site, demolished everything, and broke up the tarmac base. One corner of Cliftonville feels less safe, less clean and less happy.

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