Monday, 26 November 2012

Royal Sands Development on the Pleasurama Site in Ramsgate, is this the beginning of the end?



A bit more information on the development, Cllr Driver intends to put the following motion to council:


“Motion to Council 6th December

Royal sands

This Council expresses it's concern about the worrying lack of progress of SFP Ventures
(UK) Ltd in developing the Royal Sands construction project.

Council notes that SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd have been in negotiations with the Council to change the current development agreement.

Council understands that this new agreement is ready for approval once SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd has demonstrated that

A) it has finance in place to complete the project and

B) that it has an agreement in place with a hotel management company to run the hotel which forms part of the development agreement with the Council.

Council notes that more than 4 months have elapsed since it requested SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd to provide the information in A) & B) above.

Council recommends to Cabinet that if SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd are unable to provide the information requested by the Council in A) and B) above by 31 January 2013 that

Cabinet refuses to agree any new terms with this company and will robustly enforce the existing agreement including taking back the leasehold of the Royal Sands development if necessary.

Moved by Councillor Ian Driver”

My take on this is that it is likely that we are coming to the end with this one, something that struck me about the previous post http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/saturday-ramble.html was that although there was a fair amount of comment, there was no comment, even anonymous supporting continuing with SFP Ventures. 

26 comments:

  1. Ten years of zero progress ... all the comment you need really isn't it? Ditto Dreamland, a parallel situation, a decade of waiting and hoping that land prices will increase, by a no hope bunch of insolvent chancers. Come on TDC! Sod the 'enquiries', just show some balls by getting tough and throwing such zombie outfits out with the seaweed.

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    1. I love your approach and agree whole heartedly. Problem is that there's a whole load of Council critics like Michael just waiting to trip them up at every opportunity. That's why they have to shelter behind procedures, even when everyone knows it's a waste of time and money.

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    2. Anononymous 7:05PM,

      Surely the Council stick to procedures because it is the law, due diligence and all that. If, as you suggest, Michael is responsible for this then he is on the side of the good. Is he not?

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    3. Yes well done Michael! And what a disaster that a member of the public has to spend so long on such a useless project and council. Where were the 56 councillors over the last 10 years?

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  2. Good for Ian: crack on and take the site back. SFP have had their chances. Worrying that TDC were conducting these negotitations in secret even now. Same duffers different rosettes.

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  3. Would be nice to have a railway station there again!

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  4. Well Done Michael! Let's have a funfair, beach huts, dinghy park, ice rink in the winter, any more suggestions?

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    1. Anonymous 8:14PM,

      Yes please, with maybe a couple of restaurants included.

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    2. A railway station!

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    3. A Pound Shop?

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    4. cancer ward?

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    5. Old people home.

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    6. Mobility Scooter slalom course

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    7. An Art Gallery?

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    8. Hotel and flats?

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  5. One of these and it only took a week to put up or one of these but it costs £3.5 millions.

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    1. Revolving Pod on a tower will be usefull for Council meetings

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  6. Cllr David Green should be all over this.

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  7. Thanet Conservative Breaking News!

    Sandy Ezekiel is now the Shadow Housing member, Ken Gregory is the shadow diversity champion, and Shirley Tomlinson is the Chairman's new Chauffeur ... What a team to be proud of!

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    1. What a clever little person you are, 11:00, thinking that all up by your little old self. Why don't you run for the council?

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    2. He doesn't have to because he is John Worrow.

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  8. Quite fitting, albeit a little ironic, that a Labour led TDC signed up with SFP Ventures (somewhere on an offshore island)in the first place and now another Labour administrations looks like it is going to bring the relationship to an end. Wonder if they will give the ring back!

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  9. Halford Wetmore ? .... just looking

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