Today's comment in today's Isle of Thanet does highlight a problem most local Historians have with the local press. Obviously people are entitled to their own opinions but to makes quotes of the decline of Margate and using History to back it up, requires some research into the facts and not some made up cobbled up theory. Arlington House was not a result of "past political planners" referring to a past Labour Government it was in fact a love child of a private developer and a Conservative council of the small "c" variety.
At the time it was a marvellous construction, something modern that was totally alien to the old Margate as we all know. However, like everything planned during that period it did not put anything into Margate all it did was take it out of Margate, the only exception being the hard working seafront traders in the Arlington Arcade.
This has been the problem with Margate all along with Conservative councils allowing developments in Margate without properly exploring what's in it for Margate. Therefore this has led to all the money that has been made in the town has being siphoned out ,with nothing going into re investment which has partly contributed to the decline. A fine example being the arcades along the seafront.
The next big step for Arlington does look promising and I hope that TDC will get this right after all the pain full lessons learnt from the past. However, the leadership of TDC does appear to be very much set in the old ways of the 1960's and 1970's town councils and TDC administrations and we shall see.
Love it or loathe it the Turner Center does have the potential of putting more into Margate than it takes out and I think will be a success and will also boost small business's in the area, but the success of the Turner Center will be down to how the center is managed and not the vast amounts of money pumped into it. This maybe a bit hypothetical, but just imagine the effect on Margate if something like Tutankhamen's death mask was displayed in the Turner Center, it would be awesome. Obviously it would not happen, but the Turner Center does have the potential of opening up such possibilities.