In February 2013 some of the art work which adorned the so-called Great Wall of Ramsgate, surrounding the Pleasurama seafront eyesore, was vandalised. Local business man and former Ramsgate Town Councillor, Gerry O’Donnell, who was instrumental in developing the idea of having paintings by local artists hung on the half-mile long Pleasurama hoarding , called a public meeting to raise funds to restore the paintings and hang them back on the wall.
It is understood that somewhere in region of £3,000 was raised for this purpose including a £500 donation from Ramsgate Town Council. 18 months later and not single painting has been restored or hung on the wall. Many local artists have been asking Mr O’Donnell what has happened to the restoration project and the £3000 donations.
Some of the artists contacted me to find out what was going on. Together with former Mayor of Ramsgate, Councillor Kim Gibson , we ventured on to the Pleasurama site to find out more. We quickly spotted several of the paintings discarded on the ground. They had clearly been there for quite some time. We then discovered about 70-80 paintings in a cabin on the site. Someone had broken into the cabin. Its door was open. None of the damaged paintings had been restored. We removed the paintings from the site to safe keeping. They will be photographed and published on face book and the artists who painted the pictures for the Ramsgate Great Wall will be bale to re-claim their property.In the meantime someone needs to explain why after 18 months of being stored in a cabin on the Pleaurama site, or left to rot outside, the paintings have not been restored and hung back on the wall. There also needs to be an explanation about what has happened to estimated £3,000 in contributions handed over in good faith to restore and re-hang the painting. Where is that money now? Who has it? Ands why has it not been used to restore the damaged paintings and rehang all the others. Perhaps Mr O’Donnell can help?