Royal Sands site moves forward with cliff work commencing
Thanet District Council and Cardy have been working together to establish a programme of work. The council has awarded a contract to undertake repairs to the adjacent cliff façade, which will last an estimated 12 weeks.
The council is responsible for cliffs in Thanet and has identified works that need to be carried out before the wider development of the site. During the work scaffolding will go up on the cliffs and Herras fencing will be placed on the upper promenade. This is a temporary measure whilst the work is underway and will be removed on completion, estimated to be in October. By doing a substantial amount of repairs now this will reduce works needed in the future. The council is funding the cliff works through part of the significant capital sum it has received from the sale of the site.
Both the council and Cardy recognise the importance of tourism to the local area and Cardy have planned not to commence their development activity before the summer season is over to keep disruption to a minimum.
The council is committed to supporting the regeneration of Ramsgate and this development will stimulate economic activity in the area.
The Royal Sands scheme will include a 60 bed hotel, 107 residential apartments, leisure facilities, cafes, shops and even a playground within the Ramsgate seafront site. It is expected to employ up to 200 people while under development and once completed, it will provide further jobs in the hotel trade, commercial units and in the servicing of the residential common parts.
The council has estimated that once occupied the estate will contribute significantly towards business rates and council taxes, based upon current rates this is estimated at £1.6 million per year.
Cabinet Member for Estates Cllr John Townend said, “"The commencement of cliff works next week marks the beginning of a new era for this project. Cardy have shown sensitivity and consideration by deciding not to commence work before the summer season to keep local disruption to a minimum. I look forward to them starting development work later in the year and watching the scheme begin to take shape.”
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