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Report from Cllr Karen Constantine on distressing case

"I meet and support residents across Newington and Ramsgate on the Isle of Thanet on a daily basis. The variety of issues and needs brought to my attention are considerable, but there are some definite themes. Quite often, the people I meet are at the end of their tether and don’t know what to do. They turn to me for help when others don’t seem to be listening. Sometimes they have contacted many people and ‘agencies’ seeking solutions. They must feel like they are on a ‘merry-go-round’. But often there’s nothing at all merry about the unmet and unsupported needs. Housing is a topic which comes up time and time again and I can usually provide some guidance that leads to hope of resolution.

Sometimes even I get frustrated with the hurdles and brick walls that get in the way. I despair at departments who respond with official lines that carry no empathy for the people I’m trying to help. These are people who already feel let down by society and the Tory government.

BBC South East report on this story - film on Cllr Constantine's website here

In recent weeks I have been dealing with a Newington family who desperately need support in the care of their two severely disabled children. The house that they live in is not suitable for the family. An alternative that they were offered by Thanet District Council (TDC) last November was deemed unsuitable by their occupational therapist and by other experts, i.e. the parents. Another house that they did want and that would have been ideal was given to a different family who had greater needs. My attempts at some sort of resolution have been met with cold bureaucracy. I fully appreciate we have a chronic shortage of housing, but I have found the lack of will at TDC to be alarming. I honestly believed that if those with responsibility for this family came to the house and experienced what the family deals with 365 days a year, they may change their attitudes and think twice before sending “computer says no” style responses.

I tried yet again and received another unhelpful response. In frustration and in an effort to gain traction for this family I took the story to the BBC. Within 48 hours they had aired a report which many have since told me they found shocking. Many others have said they see this sort of plight on a daily basis and this is how our Conservative Government chooses to treat those in need on a daily basis.

I’d like to see this family’s needs met. I won’t rest until that happens and until these two children can live in dignity. I take my hat of to Mr and Mrs Tozsu, I’ve rarely meet kinder, more caring people. But humans have limitations. TDC need to take action."

Disability housing plight

Report from Cllr Karen Constantine on distressing case "I meet and support residents across Newington and Ramsgate on the Isle of Thanet on a daily basis. The variety of issues and needs...

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Karen Constantine reports on visiting Monkton Nature Reserve

It was a delight this Sunday to be invited to Monkton Nature Reserve for the official reopening of their Frenken Room. After eighteen months of refurbishment by Reserve volunteers, the room, which is part of the Field Study Centre, is once again showing off its eclectic mix of artefacts. Saving Thanet residents a trip up to London, this local gem easily rivals The Natural History Museum. There are pieces from wooly mammoths, elephant birds and I even saw a duck billed platypus.

Away from the cabinets, we got to explore the various trails that criss-cross this former chalk quarry. In the centre is an observatory where The Monkton Stargazers meet once a month. There was also a teepee full of birds of prey staffed by a volunteer from Thanet Countryside Trust.

Monkton Nature Reserve is a not-for-profit charitable trust set up for the people of Thanet. One of their goals this year is to encourage more local people to make use of the Reserve and support the Trust in its conservation work. If you have kids who love running through the woods, pond dipping or learning about pre-historic creatures, this is where to come. If you just want to wander quietly through some beautiful flora and fauna in a protected chalk based habitat, this is for you too.

Thank you to the volunteers for inviting me. I will be back soon with my grandson.

Where to find Monkton Nature Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve is on the A253 Canterbury Road close to the A299 Thanet Way.
Monkton Nature Reserve
Canterbury Road
Monkton, Ramsgate
Kent, CT12 4LH

Open Day at Monkton Nature Reserve

Karen Constantine reports on visiting Monkton Nature Reserve It was a delight this Sunday to be invited to Monkton Nature Reserve for the official reopening of their Frenken Room. After eighteen months...

Help Sara take another Sandwich Town Council seat for Labour

The local Labour Party are delighted with the huge majority and swing to Labour achieved by Ian Venables in Margate.  So many local members came together to help with that campaign and contributed significantly to this success.

We've now got an opportunity to do the same in the Sandwich North by-election on 7th September.  Our candidate last time, Sara Trillo, was beaten, in this traditionally safe Conservative ward, by only 40 votes.  There is everything to play for here and with Sara standing again, this by-election can be won.

There are election addresses to be delivered, letters to be posted, stalls to be staffed in the town centre and plenty of back office work as well as canvassing on the doorstep.  Whether you've been involved in a campaign before or not, there is training and a very warm welcome to any and all who want to secure this seat for Sara and for Labour.

Street stalls in Sandwich will be held on Thursday 24, Saturday 26, Thursday 31 and Saturday 2 September - all between 10am and 12 noon - all are welcome to join us.
Another Labour member of Sandwich Town Council is another strong voice for fairness, equity and Labour politics at local level.  
If you are able to help, please contact David Wood (email dmawood@icloud.com) or Jeanette Timmins (email jeanette@timmins.eu)

We hope to see you in Sandwich soon!

A win for Labour and another now possible - how you can help!

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