New Shop in Ramsgate High Street So Very Last Century
Many thanks to Matthew Griffiths & Paul Naudin for sending me the photos a result of a comment in the previous post and I will endeavour to get there in the not to distant future.
I didn't even notice this happen in Queen St and am trying to remember what was there before, certainly not a phone shop
was it clothes?
This one in York St was last a Chinese restaurant that closed ages ago. I guess the problem is to find something that won't work too well on the internet.
York St is a bit dug up at the moment.
Bit of a niff of drains in Harbour Parade, which usually means there will be a flood there soon.
Same old same old here.
The harbour end of the Pleasurama cliff wall is looking about as bad as I have ever seen it, the block work in the middle portal with the most vegetation growing on the wall is now bulging quite badly, if you find yourself on the site for any reason I would keep away from it.
This is the part of the concrete cliff wall that appears to have no foundations, as detailed here http://www.thanetonline.com/cliff/ the plans show the pillars between the block infills hanging on steps in the chalk cliff face, well the plans do actually show foundations too, but as you can see when Cardy dug an inspection hole after I said it looked like there weren't any, there weren't any. Granted with the arched bit of the cliff wall they dug an inspection hole and this bit did have foundations.
Do I think it will all come crashing down? well I guess the answer is that the bit that's bulging looks like it will probably go in about two or there years if left unattended and I think there would be more in the way of major visible cracks before a big collapse there.
My take has always been much more along the lines of there needs to enough space to maintain the cliff, in front of the cliff wall, for the life of anything built in front of it.
Anyway here are some pictures of Ramsgate cliff collapses http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/collapse/index.htm
So a few questions and answers where I can on this one.
Q What causes an inclining wall made of concrete blocks to bulge in this way?
A A chalk fall behind it the weight of the chalk pressing on the back of the wall makes it bulge outwards.
Q How do you safely knock down the block wall, so you can rebuild it?
A Use a long JCB digger type of thing, with a big spike on the end and the cab where the operator is sitting a long way from the wall, about as far away as wall is high for favourite.
Q How do you safely knock down the block wall, so you can rebuild it with the back of The Royal Sands 12 feet way from it?