Just up the road from the Bradgate Caravan Park is a another new housing development on farmland next to the new Westwood Cross Shopping Centre.
Certainly it seems it was expedient or necessary for someone to have Manston Parish Council meet at the Park in recent years.
Bradgate Caravan Park arose out of the Thanet farming community in the 1960's (started by two brothers I believe?), and the links forged between the Young Farmers Association back then and the various farming families persist to this day. Taking positions on various Parish Councils goes with the territory of seeking to either protect or expand holdings. From time to time they will even fall out with each other over border and access disputes.You will find dotted about the Thanet Countryside quite palatial "Dallas" type residences behind densely planted out perimeters.
My contact (now deceased), was at the heart of all this as a young farmer himself in those days and is one of the founders of our gay friendly charity. He was supportive of my mothers' long and continuing battle to hang onto her home and knew all about the dirty tricks the farmers sometimes play. Indeed, such was the rhetoric, both verbal and written, about the position of her mobile home (that it causes harm to the countryside), that he was convinced it was plonked down in the middle of a field somewhere. Instead he was surprised to discover it is tucked away on former garden land that she owns. He was also pleased to find her growing her own vegetables and looking after the wildlife in much the same way as he began his life as a Market Gardener. He was always against farms getting too big and foresaw the damage inflicted on the local small business economy. He was very sad about it all when he died 3 years ago.
The Lost Farewell - The Sale of Bradgate Caravan Park + Councillor Poole's objection to their Development Approval