Saturday, 9 February 2013
A dubious ramble possibly worse, Royal Sands, Ramsgate Tunnels, Margate Caves and local politics.
Starting on a high note a new shop has just opened in King Street Ramsgate, here is their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pramaholics/397586066997384
On to The Royal Sands on the Pleasurama site in Ramsgate, a far more depressing subject, there has been much coverage of this in the media, both the BBC and other local blogs.
I guess the most informative being the Margate Architecture post http://margatearchitecture.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pleasurama-drama-continues-in-news.html there is a series of voice recordings of some of the people involved being interviewed by the BBC that some may find amusing listening.
Another is councillor David Green’s blog post http://ramsgate1.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/last-chance-for-royal-sands.html Dave Green is a TDC cabinet member, mayor of Ramsgate and the development is in his electoral ward. I guess if anyone knows what’s going on he should.
Pursuing a development on a high risk flood zone without a safety assessment has caused some friction between me and our local new Labour, I did try hard to get them to use the bargaining position of the developer asking them for further concessions as a reason for them to insist on a flood risk assessment.
I do understand how helpful to them it would be to have the £3.6m at this interesting point in time, but I do feel that public safety – particularly for people who are reliant on that public’s vote – should come first.
On to the peculiar business of the Conservative view about the local budget as expressed on Simon Moors’s blog at http://birchington.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/being-there.html
My take on Thanet’s economic future is that there is no one solution, I would say it is highly unlikely that large scale manufacturing industry will ever locate in Thanet, if the balance of economic manufacturing shifts more towards the UK it is most likely that it will be the midlands and north of the country that would be most likely to benefit. There seems to be something of a dream among our local Conservatives involving a freight hub airport surrounded by dark satanic mills, perhaps they hope to find a new Jerusalem buried here in Thanet.
My guess is it will be a mixture of our climate, the best the UK has to offer and our costal location combined with the relatively easy journey to London, that will produce an economy based around people who relocate here and day out tourism.
Critical to this is having an all weather day out to offer people and I would guess the five miles of tunnels in Ramsgate are worth expending £10k on in the hope they may be able to provide this.
Something that interested me with relation to The Royal Sands is that the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront group http://www.facebook.com/groups/516220578418850/?fref=ts have been petitioning people about the development in Ramsgate today and have apparently got over a thousand signatures, what surprised them though was that all of the people the spoke to were completely against the development.
Considering that at the moment the Labour group although neither universally popular nor admired, seem to be still viewed as the lesser of two evils, I have to admit to seeing very little in the way of viable solutions.
Back to The Royal Sands, some of the confidential documents relating to the 2009 cabinet’s decision to go against officer advice and not terminate relations with SFP have appeared online, to download the document as this file is hosted by FaceBook and you have to be logged on to a FaceBook account to download it http://www.facebook.com/download/165222846959784/Pleasurama-DA-2009.pdf
Watching both political groups apparently with a history of pursuing courses of action that are pretty much universally unpopular with the people who elect them, one does wonder what the solutions are.
I recently had a long chat with a previous leader of the council, batting around possibilities and the though that we all seemed to fare better when local government was more local urban district councils and the like.
I will ramble on here if I get time.
Posted by Michael Child at 16:33