My KCC Election Manifesto & Video

Friday, 19 July 2013



The Pleasurama Working Group got off to a good start last night. Members of the group agreed to look at the due diligence processes carried out by the Council into site developers SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd. They will also be looking carefully at the existing development agreement with SFP and  almost certainly taking independent legal advice about how the Council can best manage current and future non-performance by SFP. The group will also be considering alternative uses for the site should the happy day ever come when, or if,  the Council decides to boot SFP  off the site for breach of agreement!

The group agreed that it will be inviting local organisations  such as the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS)  to give evidence about the development. Members of the group also agreed a long list of background documents they wished to see before they meet again in August.

My impression is that the group means business and will give serious thought to how this decade long disaster can be resolved. In my opinion the only resolution is sacking SFP as the developers and having a  proper consultation with the people of Ramsgate  about what they would like to see on this  stretch of prime seafront land. Perhaps a community focused space that will benefit local people and visitors alike?

Finally, the fact that this group was set up at all is a tribute to the people of Ramsgate who through organisations like FORS, and through tireless lobbying, campaigning, signing petitions and attending meetings, have forced their councillors to act.
But don't forget that all of the Labour  councillors on the working group are the same councillors who less than year ago voted  to prevent Thanet Council from debating Pleasurama at all. The only difference now is that they are frightened of losing their seats in 2015 and want to be seen to doing something in response to the public outcry against Pleasurama. So although the meeting was a great start to what is likely to be a long job, it's important for Ramsgate people to keep the pressure on these councillors, otherwise they are likely to revert to type.

I will produce a regular commentary on meetings of the working group so  that you are kept in the picture


  1. Well done Ian. Don't allow any more bureaucratic delays and facesaving as with Dreamland. not a brick will be laid at Pleasurama. Cancel it and turf the site for what's left of the tourist season.

    Close Manston too.

  2. Losing their seats! Why don't they consider leaving Ramsgate bouyant (as it should be) to be more important than just politics and their short term political life, versus the thousands of years that the legacy might survive for. So glad Ian that you watched the spelling, S v B - sacking not backing SFP. When will the video of the meeting be available to see?

  3. Hi John I was thinking of a beachside park with stuff for kids and adults. Perhaps even a stage for entertainments as well. But to me the MOST important thing is that local people have a major input instead of councillors of and officers adopting a "top down - we know best attitude"

  4. Reading the above puts me in mind of several historical decisions made by TDC, but to be frank your statement is oblique. Will the Cllr know what you mean? Do you expect the general public to understand what you are referring? Is this pettifogging?

  5. Even Rick who wrote it does not know what he means so you can hardly expect the council to understand.