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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Ramsgate Port £7million Madness

Ramsgate Port £7million Madness On Thursday the Council will be voting on taking out a £7million loan over 10 years at a cost to taxpayers of £1million per yea...r to develop an alongside quay for Ramsgate Port for cruise liners and cargo ships. Only yesterday Dover Harbour Board announce a massive investment to develop the western dock for cruise and cargo ships. Just before Xmas the state of the art Thames Gateway Cargo Port was opened with massive capacity and excellent transport connections. How can Ramsgate compete against these giants? In usual Thanet Council style there has been no public consultation on whether people would like to spend their council tax on a scheme which is likely to be a white elephant. Nor have councillors been provided with the business plan and project costings before been asked to vote. This it a typical Thanet Council example of mismanagement and secrecy. In my humble opinion the port should be redeveloped with a focus on leisure rather than commercial activity.
The commercial competition is simply too strong. However a leisure focus could be very successful. I will be opposing these plans but fear that once again the Council is likely to be repeating the mistakes of Pleasurama, EKO, TransEuropa Ferries.


  1. This has suddenly been put to the councillors? I for one have never heard of this nonsense until now. It looks like Macgonigal is leading our idiots by the nose

  2. Since when has it been within the remit of a local authority to make purely speculative multi-million pound investments in new commercial activities in which it has no expertise and that do not deliver any service that is required by the local community? The only benefactors will be the constructors who will not be from Thanet. The number of permanent jobs per million invested will be very small, and the prospects of securing long-term business that is so profitable that it delivers a surplus in excess of the £1 million p.a. quoted plus wage bill plus plant costs, plus dredging seem very remote indeed, especially when it seems the south east is heading for over capacity in this, and so prices and income will drop. The risks are way too high for local tax payers, especially when you factor in TDC's track record with the port. History repeats itself. If this was such great idea they would be able get private investment to fund it because of the supposed profitability. The same jobs would be created, but somehow I think the private investor wouldn't want to touch it, so why should we. They already wasted 3 years and 3 million on Transeuropa for which the port was designed on the excuse of saving jobs, but the jobs have gone other than a few it TDC which should have as well, so there is nothing to protect, this is pure speculation at council taxpayers' expense.

  3. As a construction expert I would look for public funds for infrastructure whether needed or not and fill my boots. I would put in a small park for newts and a donation to Ramsgate Labour party.

  4. Why think in limited terms, Mr Holyer? One needs to look at all leisure activities

  5. When was this £7M Port loan first raised/discussed? Or is it the secret gang of Clive, Bob, Everitt and Wise and Mcgonigal again?

    And cruise liners would fit within Ramsgate Port with a new quay? And where would those cruise liners be sailing to? And when?

    Pleasurama was corruption but this is just stupid. Whose name is on the memo?