There are always snags with either administration at TDC, I guess one of the greatest problems that the previous Labour administration caused for Ramsgate was the wonderful coloured concrete promenade in front of the Pleasurama debacle.
Of course it looked marvellous on paper, but it did remove pretty much all of the seafront parking in one swoop damaging Ramsgate’s tourist economy immeasurably and as it wasn’t attached to the chalk bedrock but sits on lose sand it also fails to act a as a sea defence there, however it did use up the grant funding.
Of course had some other administration been in power the money would have undoubtedly been spent in Margate.
Subsequently Ramsgate was pretty much left to its own devices under the Conservatives and two very beneficial things occurred. One being the café culture along Harbour Parade, the other being the emergence of a food shopping centre based around Staffordshire Street car park. Ramsgate has 3 butchers, 2 greengrocers and 2 bakers, of course on paper this should be occurring around the Leopold Street multi-storey car park, the problem here is most of the women who do most of the food shopping won’t go anywhere near it.
Anyway the council have put Staffordshire Street car park out to tender for development, here is the link http://thanet.gov.uk/publications/properties/staffordshire-street-ramsgate/ I imagine like the large shop the council have recently bought in King Street the idea will be social housing.
There are also new plans for the seafront car park
Not sure about these, but am cautious about plans for Ramsgate Seafront.
Here is the article about the Hornby Hobbies move http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/Hornby-Hobbies-quit-Margate/story-25998183-detail/story.html frankly I am surprised this they didn’t move from this site when they transferred manufacturing to China thirty years or more ago.
You don’t need a factory to make toy trains in, if you are no longer making them.