We are all stuck in a sort of strange Limbo Land down at Whitstable Harbour and its not just festival fever.
It’s like Waiting for Godot or Waiting for Tesco is probably nearer to the truth.
We can’t expand, improve or invest in the village while we wait along with everyone else for the “comprehensive re-development” of the South Quay. If you thought this was a dead idea think again all harbour lovers- it is alive and well but just sleeping gently over at military Road in Canterbury.
Options need to be kept open by our dear friends at the council. That big deal could be just around the corner.
So if we can't get on with things, we are going to look elsewhere.
We now have 23 local businesses earning their living from the village, most operating from their own fisherman’s huts which I still think is quite a cool idea first suggested by Mark and Ann Pardoe.
Visitors to the town and locals can spend their money with people who live and work in the local community. It acts (partly) as a showcase for local arts and crafts. It attracts visitors to the town and adds some life to what was an ugly section of the harbour. It now generates over £¼ million every year for the local economy and of course, pays rent to the harbour and rates to the council.
There is not a big downside that I can think of.
The only problem is that the village is full and we would like to expand and improve. But all that’s on offer is what is effectively a six month lease. Just in case that big money development is just around the corner the council can kick our little huts out, and move Mr Tesco in.
Doesn’t make you feel all that welcome to be honest.
So if we can’t expand in our own home harbour, we are going to look at taking the harbour village idea to another Kentish seaside town near you. Explore Kent’s creative coast and the pleasures of Margate, Ramsgate, Deal, Sandwich or Broadstairs?
Any Kentish town out there like their own village?