I don’t think any of the Thanet tourist attractions were more cost effective than the heritage pontoons. The way the worked was that people paid reduced mooring fees to keep heritage vessels opposite the café culture.
I wasn’t an easy place to moor but the boat owners put up with the problems of having there boats there so we could all enjoy them.
There isn’t an alternative use for this part of the harbour as it lacks the security and facilities for pontoons there to be used in the ordinary way.
Back in 2010 the council decided this wasn’t such a good idea and told the owners of these boats they would have to pay almost full mooring fees so off they went.
Well now the council have removed the pontoons altogether, they seem to be saying too expensive to maintain, although frankly trying to contact the council to find out about this didn’t go too well as I just got put through to a phone that no one answered.
There is of course the foi request route which is expensive for the council and time consuming for me so I haven’t bothered to pursue it.
Work on the Royal Victoria Pavilion seem so be going on at a pace, as far as I can ascertain the asbestos removal is now complete and contractors are removing the inside.
A note here the Pav which was first built in 1903 as been gutted inside several times and also had a major fire plus numerous minor ones.
The inside is basically modernish buildings built inside the outer shell. Here is the link to the pictures I took on the inside http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/pictures-of-inside-of-royal-victoria.html
The Pleasurama site is still deserted and the most recent cliff repairs starting to sprout vegetation, it’s difficult to know where this one will go, it still looks like a land banking operation to me. I can’t see any reputable developer starting work there without a flood risk assessment and a proper assessment of the cliff, both in terms of how safe it would be for people to live under and in terms of how close anything can be built to it to allow for economic cliff maintenance for the life of any development there.