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Saturday, 24 August 2019
Still down the harbours
I think it's paining a picture of Harbour Parade Ramsgate that has got me a bit fixated on this part of Ramsgate
I had forgotten about the changes to the road layout at the end of Harbour Street in the mid 1990s
And the incomprehensible roundabout outside the then casino, I wonder why it was built so big.
In a way the older archive photos are easier to relate to
Does anyone else remember the strange curved huts on Pier Yard, I think one was tourist information for a while. Was that before it moved to Harbour St? I know it was in Queen St at the end of York St for a while.
It does make you wonder how much of the local government funded changes bring much improvement. I would think the main expense for the town council would be paying the rent on The Custom House
I guess the main side effect of all of this municipally funded road work was the blocking off of the one way road from Harbour Parade via Marina Esplanade and Marina Rd to Victoria Parade, wiping out all of the free seafront parking about 100 spaces.
There was a rumour at the time that Ramsgate's rival resort towns had clubbed together to finance this work, but actually it was grant funded.
It's a funny old world though, we went for a walk this evening and I think Ramsgate was as busy as I have seen it for years, most of the sit down eateries were pretty much full up. You could almost say that Harbour Street was busy enough to be connecting the seafront with the town.