At this point I decided as this was an issue of public safety to take measures into my own hands and inspect it myself and publicise the photographs of this inspection see http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2009/11/royal-sands-development-how-dangerous.html
The most worrying thing that I found when I inspected the façade was the apparent lack of foundations where the bottom of the façade had been exposed.
Back at the beginning of last year I pointed out the apparent lack of foundations when the first bit of the base of the façade was exposed and was assured that this was only a small part and that it would be repaired.
Since May 2007 I have had an ongoing dialogue with the councils consulting engineers Jacobs Engineering about the cliff façade and other structures in Ramsgate that they manage, so I was somewhat surprised to get a rather bizarre email from them telling me that they were no longer prepared to communicate with, me unless the council gave its permission.
I immediately emailed TDCs chief executive asking him to contact them and give his permission for them to continue to discuss these issues with me.
I was further surprised to receive a point blank refusal from the chief executive of TDC, here is a quote from it: “You can speak to the council about these issues but not our contractors or advisers.” As far as I am aware this dialogue was mutually beneficial and I believe contributed considerably to getting the council to take any action about the state of the cliff façade. The picture above, taken today, shows progress of the repairs to the repaired cliff façade.
Here are the links to today’s pictures after this mornings walk I took the bus to Broadstairs and walked back to Ramsgate.
it may take a while for them all to appear.