Double standards on ‘progress’ exposed in Whitstable after planning decision in favour of an entirely appropriate development
Suzanne Blaustone is supposedly a woman in favour of progress. This American and her late partner supposedly “dragged” a firm named Barton Marine Equipment “into modern times” but when it comes to her own locality, she takes an entirely different view.
The lead figure in a campaign to stop the redevelopment of a long derelict former Edwardian ice skating ring in Whitstable that has been an eyesore for many years, Ms Blaustone expressed her fury after Canterbury City Council approved decisions to redevelop the site into attractive townhouses and apartments last week.
Speaking to The Canterbury Times, Blaustone remarked: “I think this decision has ripped the soul and spirit out of Whitstable. I think Whitstable has lost its opportunity to have a heart”.
One can only wonder how the employees of Barton Marine felt when they encountered this NIMBY. ‘Progress’, it seems, is just a sorry word.
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