I rather unwisely decided to get up early to go out and do some sketching this morning, it wasn’t like august at all, so cold and windy that it started falling off the page, so as you see I didn’t get far.
A couple of sheets of preliminary sketches for the revamp of Pier Yard have appeared on facebook and I have also put them above.
As with the revamp of the promenade, the coloured concrete to match Jimmy Godden’s designer outlet, the down side is that we lose more parking. My take is that there is a balance to be found between parking and pedestrianising things, so I hope they have got this one right.
Parking and motor vehicle wise we have two real disasters on the traffic planning front in Thanet, one being Turner Contemporary where hundreds of cars drive in, find they can’t park and drive out and the other being Harbour Parade in Ramsgate where the same thing happens.
I guess eventually that all of the traffic for the entire harbour area in Ramsgate will have to use the port access road and that Harbour Parade and Military Road will be pedestrianised, essential business use being the exception.
The Pleasurama cliff façade is looking worse than ever, it seems inconceivable that the council spent nearly £1m on having this pointed and painted so recently.
Gifts Galore have moved into the end of the old Refectory.
We went to Plucks Gutter today for lunch at The Dog and Duck, so half a sketch.