I suppose that having just finished the Boxing Day meal I do in fact have time to write some sort of blog post, although frankly I have little idea of what to post about.
Ramsgate and Margate’s two main leisure sites Dreamland and Pleasurama are still giving problems. In both cases the council managed to get control of the sites and then relinquish it, which may have been the wrong thing to do.
Perhaps we would be better off with the council running and to a greater or lesser degree subsidising some sort of conventional tourist attraction in both towns. Although to honest I am not really sure how much fairground and amusement arcade attractions contribute to the tourist economy these days.
The Manston Airport site issue is still ongoing, with the mixed-use industrial and residential complex proposed by the current owners still seeming the most likely outcome. The American real estate company’s plans to turn into an airfreight hub didn’t really go anywhere much over the last year, nor have there been any viable contenders for reopening it as a conventional passenger airport.
Port Ramsgate had a short incarnation as a car import centre, well mostly a storage car park, which seems to be over now from the absence of cars, perhaps we will see it being used for events again, particularly the motorcycle sprint revival.
I recently spoke to the Ramsgate Harbour Slipways leaseholder and gather that Hornby Hobbies are still hoping to have their visitor centre there and the working slipway gained a new operator during the year http://www.burgessmarine.co.uk/slip-way-ramsgate
The main area of local growth still seems to be people relocating to Thanet, I think this is due to a mixture of better roads, the fast train and people working more days with their computer from home. The net result seems to be a slow and steady increase in the number of local residents with higher incomes.
You only have to look at the picture taken on Ramsgate Sands today to see why people would prefer living here.
We have had another reasonable trading year in the bookshop, which I find encouraging.
Of course it’s all very much a case of what can I say about the local area that is in any sense significant news to anyone.
Anyway here are the old local pictures.