At the time I was a Labour councillor on TDC representing a Margate ward and at the time I more or less got the picture of what was going on and just left it at that until it appears on an agenda.
A few weeks after this became public knowledge there was was full council meeting and this item was not on the agenda. So I as I turned up to this meeting I could see a crowd outside the main doors and noticed some of the other councilors were entering the building via the car park entrance. So I just carried on walking through the crowd not realising the local Tories had organised a protest against the parking charges. I was right in the middle of the crowd when someone spotted my agenda for the meeting which was under my arm. Catching me unawares he shouted "are you a councillor!" and like a mug I replied "yes". There was this deadly silence as he asked me what I thought about the parking charges in Birchington and like an idiot I told him I didn't know much about it. That was it, they went mad. Some old lady hit me over the back of the head with a placard, some were shouting and this bloke who was doing most of the shouting squared up to me with his nose almost touching mine, I thought it was hilarious.
However the moral of this story is, as I have found out, is that people in Birchington can be very passionate about their parking.