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Monday, 11 April 2011

Countdown to the Turner Center

Working on the railways and talking to so many passengers as I do on a daily basis I reckon I must have heard every imaginable opinion on the Turner Center . Then I suppose like art, everything is open to interpretation on how we see things. However, I do see one common denominator in the opinion with the opening of the Turner Center and that is the way Margate is seen in a different focus . For many years there has always been this cultural gap in the History, Architecture, Heritage and of the Coast in Margate. It has almost been like some sort of Taboo and the door always seems slightly ajar on these subjects. The introduction of the Turner Center has thrown this door wide open as everything about Margate is viewed differently with a more artistic eye like some sort of Renaissance. These changes have been gradual to anyone living in Margate but to someone not living in the town the changes can be felt. Each time I come over to Margate I am starting to find I meet a least one interesting person to talk to and the following for the Renaissance of History , Heritage and all things Margate which was hard work many years ago has become a passion . Margate reminds me so much of Havanna, it is time locked with so much hidden in the top draw waiting to be discovered of which the artistic eye has now opened like a genie in a bottle. This is all down to the Turner Center.

7 comments:

Retired said...

The Turner Centre was on TV news at Manchester last weekend. And the reaction from our daughter's neighbours was what the hell are they playing at it looks like an oversized tin shed.

They knew Margate is the place where there are a lot of earner burners.

But Desperate Dan is exploiting the market opportunity with a free wine reception, on Turner opening day, at his renamed "Earner Centre" second hand shop up the High Street.

Tony2 said...

I must admit that I was a Turner sceptic. But now its here I hope that it will lift Margate from its doldrums. However is the proposed new Tescos on Margate seafront part of this renaissance too? Last night at the Westgate and Westbrook Residents Association it was interesting to see how this spit people's opinions. Views ranged from about time this site was cleared up to what has Tesco in common with our seafront. Concerns were expressed that it will kill the small businesses that must be part of Margate's revival? Bad planning has lead Margate down the road to ruin. TDC need to be very carefull that in their desperation to clear up this site they are not buying a pig in a poke. Maybe the future tourist promotion will be "Come to Margate, do your shopping at Tescos and Visit the Turner Centre". Surely somthing like a Sealife Centre would be more fitting.

Peter Checksfield said...

I believe Tesco will do more good than harm, & actually persuade many people in Margate, Westbrook, Westgate & Birchington to shop in Margate again instead of Westwood Cross.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Learning from past History does give some sort of a clue what led to Margates decline if people take the trouble to study it. Same applies to bad planning decisions which allows a enterprise total dominance.With the likes of Sally Feries , Dreamland, Pfizer coming to mind. What I like about the Turner Center is that it does inject business confidence in the old town without dominanting the area.
The same could apply for the Arlington a moderatly size Tesco would help inject business confidence in the area. However complete dominance of the Arlington by Tesco could led to total dependancy.
Does anyone remember green shield stamps and the shop they had that was in the Arlington complex on the sea front. Now that was something that increased the footfall in that area.
Finally can anyone remember when actress Wendy Craig opened the Arlington Shopping complex, I think it was August 4th 1968.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Tony2 , do you remember when a application was proposed for a Sea life Center on station green and all the local opposition. In the end sea life center went elsewhere.

Tony2 said...

I understood that the Sealife Centre was mentioned about two years ago and then nothing.
Peter says he thinks Tescos will encourage more people to shop in Margate. Yes maybe it would but not situated by the station that will not help our empty High Street. The fact that Tescos is likely to run a free bus from Westgate and Birchington will not help the shops there either.
However I must admit I like the design and it would tidy up this area but I still remain unconvinced it is right for Margate Seafront.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Thinking about it, I think you are right Tony2 because a Tesco store can be built anywwere and any seafront really is a tourist area.