Friday, 29 November 2013

Public Perception

The public perception of the governance in this part of Thanet is that Margate gets the bulk of new monies since Thanet District Council came into being. This may or may not be true but, and it is a big but, what is true is Public money spent on the island in the last 10 years has gone on Margate on schemes such as Dreamland and the Turner Centre. These schemes if successful will rejuvenate Margate however what do we, in Ramsgate, have to show for the last 10 years?

Recently on Thanetonline Michael said " As you see from the pictures Deal is getting another dose of publicly funded sea defences and Margate has, as most of you will know, just had theirs completed, yet here in Ramsgate we don’t seem to have been part of any of the major surveys, let alone had any of the sea defence work done. I think this is probably because of the council’s desire to balance some of their budget with proceeds from selling the Pleasurama site. I guess with a major foreshore site with a history of tidal storm flooding and no investigation into what sea defence work needs doing, along with The Royal Sands developer still failing to come up with the readies the council will soon be looking out for a developer who is a bit of a gambler."

Pleasurama

Destroyed by neglect, burnt down one night in 1998, it has remained an eyesore and building site for 11 years.

Casino

Shut in 2008 when RANK moved to Westwood Cross it has been left in a dilapidated state, target for vandals and spray painters.

Royal Port

Needing continual dredging it is becoming an expensive place to moor a boat

Port

Underused since Trans Europa   Ferries went bust there is no sign of anything happening as TDC believe they can attract a new ferry. What is need is a plan B!!

Westcliff

Good access road to nowhere.

I could go on here but what is needed is a joined up plan to revitalise the whole seafront bringing back daytrippers and the holidaymakers.

14 comments:

  1. Best of luck with the new blog Barry I have added it to the blogroll on the sidebar of Thanetonline

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    1. Barry I think it would help if you disabled word verification on the comment form

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  2. not forgetting that sandwich is having a new defence face lift, thats either side of ramsgate all sorted the rest of us will have to swim!

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    1. As I've pointed out elsewhere, most of Ramsgate is built on top of cliffs! It would have to be a very high tide to affect most of Ramsgate, unlike Margate, Herne Bay, Sandwich and Deal.

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    2. And no-one's disputed my comment, whoo-hoo! ; )

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    1. Thanks John. Please let me know any good years stories as I do not want it all to be bad

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    2. Barry,

      I agree. Your blog will be more powerful if it is not perceived as a moaning machine.

      Thgere is good news about Manston.

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    3. John I agree there is much going on in Ramsgate hence friends of Ellington winning £50K and Albion house being refurbished as well as Project Motorhouse getting final sign off however as you know there is still much neglect. I am trying to achieve an even handed approach. As many people can see much needs improving but you have to start somewhere

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    4. Barry,

      I am not suggesting that TDC do not need an encouraging kick up the backside. But they also need praise for anything good that they might do from time to time.

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    5. And let's not forget the good news about the airport! That can only encourage more people to visit Thanet.

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  4. Welcome to Thanet's blogging community, Barry!

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