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What on earth are they doing now?
It was referred to at the RTC meeting as they are encroaching more and more on the prom.
As a retired builder I decided to inspect the start of the Royal Sands project and I was pleased with my findings. Things bode well for the future. Keep up the good work!!Regarding comments about Ramsgate town council (actually Ramsgate Town Partnership) and TDC not knowing about the new hoarding.. I would add that the promenade is under the control of Kent Highways and neither councils. I have tried to telephone Ramsgate Town Partnership for comment however all you get is a message "This line does not take incoming calls"....Pedestrian beach access is totally unaffected, emergency service access is totally unaffected, dog walking access is totally unaffected, jogging access is totally unaffected unless your more than 4.0m wide....The builders seem to have gone to great lengths to ensure disabled access is also unaffected by (a) repositioning the crossover at the Northern end of the site to allow disabled access and (b) carefully positioning the hording line at the Southern end of the site as to not affect the existing dropped kerb disabled access point.....At the location of the Cafe at the Southern end of the site the builders have installed additional hoardings in order to protect patrons from accidental impact with moving site vehicles and afford additional protection from any potential site generated dust.Parking within the recently fenced area to the Northern end of the site Is affected however parking in this area was not/ is not authorised by TDC and required the trespassers to mount the pavement to gain access. In erecting the hoarding it has reduced the potential for an accident to occur........The existing hoarding was insecure and children have previously been witnessed playing on the site, materials have also previously been removed from the site by children and used to create cycle ramps on the promenade. The develepors have a moral and legal duty to ensure the site is secure and thereby reduce the potential of injury incurred through trespass......in addition by deterring the removal of materials used to create these cycle ramps the potential for encountering trip hazards on the promenade is now greatly reduced.I checked with the site foreman and he confirmed that he had an email from TDC confirming authority to remove the waste bins affected by the new hoardinthe
I have heard the project could create over 200 jobs in the area.Thats gotta be good!!
I walk along the promenade on regular basis and I was pleased to see that after so many years of dereliction this project has started, in addition to the employment opportunities for local people I would assume there could also be construction apprenticeship opportunities for our school leavers. Once complete the retail units will provide greater choice, extend the harbour area renaissance with further alfresco outlets, the hotel will again provide local jobs and extend the summer trading season.All good news for a deprived area in a depressed economy.
22.13 I believe you have missed my point here, which is that the promised public consultation hasn’t occurred.The firm that say they intend to do the work Cardy Construction (the new contractor) are a reputable local firm and I would expect their work to be of high quality, allowing for disabled and public access.Previously there have at least three other contractors that I know of, the others got to about the stage where it appeared they were going to start construction and then pulled out of the project.Over the last five years since planning permission was granted there have been a number of questions raised by local residents including myself and some important ones have gone unanswered.Because of this the public consultation is particularly important, I am most concerned that we get a good viable development for the town and not another situation where a contractor has tried to go ahead with something unworkable, without the support of local people, only to pull out of the project leaving more mess.9.24 as far as I can see the project hasn’t started all we have so far is more hording, in a different place, this begs the question, if the previous contractor didn’t need this extra space why does this one?I will do a new post outlining the situation as I understand it and try to get some progress to occur on the project.
If it has taken 5 years of debate and TDC involvement. Is this not more than enough time for any interested party to have consulted with the planners.What is pleasing is that TDC recently voted unaminously for the scheme to proceed.This is reassuring as normally on projects of this type if there is any doubt it ends up with a split vote. Whilst I currently do not live in Thanet I certainly hope the scheme moves forward as I would like to buy one of the three bedroom penthouse apartments. I had been looking to move to Brighton but with the high speed rail service Ramsgate provides a much more suitable alternative.
Yes I saw all the boards up today. The gits have stopped my free parking down there !!
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