The photos are of King Street in Ramsgate at 10.30 am on Friday which is market day and the busiest shopping day of the week.
As you see the council decided about six months ago to move the rubbish collection from abut 6.30 am on Wednesday morning about the quietest time in what is a fairly busy shopping street.
Their next plan of attack was to buy the only empty shop in this fully let shopping parade and give themselves planning permission so they could turn the shop into social housing. I am not sure whether this was designed most to punish Ramsgate shopkeepers or the unfortunate individuals who will have to live with their bedrooms next to the pavement opposite the takeaways the council have licensed to be open until 4 am.
And yes of course the airport, now many people including myself are supportive of a regional airport however the council’s only plan has been to try to support a cpo to turn the airport in to a freight hub that we can’t fly from.
As far as I can see this one has fallen through and there is no council plan B so discovery parks will probably be allowed to invest millions of pounds on the airport site to create thousands of jobs.
Well the latest mad idea seems to be for: Aggregate Import by vessel and cleaning.
Cleaning of port dredging material. Use of material to make concrete blocks for construction for despatch by road and vessel. Waste Wood Importation by road for processing for despatch by vessel.
The rumour is that this plan has been put together by two ex TDC planning officers, so no doubt it will go sailing through all the hoops at TDC.
My assumption here is slag heaps and outfall pipe, noise, dust and bathing water pollution.
I have no doubt that this will involve a Save Our Port campaign while carefully omitting the information that the council will be supporting saving a port that you can’t get a passenger ferry from.
Now my take is that Ramsgate is doing quite nicely without council help, the shopping centre is reviving, mainly because it is adjacent to an open air car park that shoppers feel comfortable about parking in. The café culture is expanding nicely too.
Not sure if the PowerPoint presentation on the waste and slag processing will work but here is the link https://powerpoint.office.live.com/p/PowerPointView.aspx?FBsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fattachments%2Ffile_preview.php%3Fid%3D1555566864657705%26time%3D1419341231%26metadata&access_token=100001536321768%3AAVJZW2qUb16RcXZmnAMxuoTLrEkm1eX3XWArN8TipTeWPA&title=Port+Presentation.ppt