Comments for en-gb 30 Sat 12 Jul 2014 07:19:07 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Hazel The only way the Thanet area is going to get back on its feet is through tourism. However, it needs attractions in place that will draw day trippers back to the area. It's a chicken and egg situation, one that the opening of the new Turner Compemporary will hopefully go someone way to help address.To this end the new gallery needs support. It needs the National Gallery to be asked or made to release JMW Turner pictures owned by the nation to be loaned, long term, to the gallery. It is nothing short of a national disgrace that 'Margate ?, from the Sea' has not been made permanently available already.With the area reeling from the Pfizer news this week it needs a lift. News that the gallery that bears his name will permanently house his paintings would lift both the profile of the gallery and the spirits of an area. For many people see the building that has been but up as a literal white elephant. One that will fail to bring in the visitors. That perception needs to be changed and the government and National Gallery Trustees have it within their powers to do just that.Hopefully 1st February will be East Kents darkest hour. One that JMW Turner will help finally to illuminate. Sat 05 Feb 2011 18:51:27 GMT+1 gam1415 Cameron is obviously completely uninformed about the UK pharmaceutical industry or is staggeringly naive. In addition to the recent Pfizer announcement, GSK has been contracting activities in the UK over the last 3 years and AstraZeneca has closed a number of recently acquired subsidiaries. The results of these actions have been the axing of disease targets and substantial, but largely unpublicised, job losses. A very few individuals, identified as 'key experts', may be redeployed, but the majority are made redundant. This may in part be due to the economic climate in the West, but it is impossible to ignore the fact that international big pharma houses are racing to build new research and manufacturing facilities in China and India where staffing and infrastructure costs are relatively cheap and which offer entry into huge new markets. Such strictly profit-driven decisions by companies like Pfizer, GSK and AstraZeneca will continue to erode the science base of this country. A potential knock-on effect will be fewer undergraduates opting to study biological and chemical science subjects as the prospects of UK-based employment in the pharmaceutical sector rapidly dwindle. Fri 04 Feb 2011 12:47:20 GMT+1 james c The Pfizer closure just highlights how badly East Kent continues to be neglected by KCC and the government whilst they focus growth in more stable areas of Kent. Problem is as we have seen with the financial crisis contagion is quick to spread. The loss of 2400 jobs at Pfizer is just the tip of the people affected. At least 3000 additional jobs could go from companies which rely on Pfizer, these spread across Kent - Canterbury, Ashford, Sittingbourne etc...East Kent is facing bankruptcy; the present economic conditions are already stifling but the lack of prior foresight in improving infrustructure in East Kent as a priority will stop any plans to regenerate the area. As the towns of Dover, Deal, Ramsgate, Canterbury and Whitstable are dragged into economic bleakness the contagion will spread to the rest of Kent.The bankruptcy is not solely the Pfizer closure; it is due to the lack of investment into roads, rail (most of East Kent is not served by HS1), enterprise zones and tax incentives. No double dip recession - I would not bank on it. Fri 04 Feb 2011 10:28:48 GMT+1