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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Ramsgate Pleasurama Public Meeting

About 80 people attended a public meeting held at Ramsgate Royal Harbour  yesterday evening to discuss  latest developments in the long-running and controversial Ramsgate Pleasurama saga.

The meeting was addressed by John Davies chairman of the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS)  group and former Thanet Councillor, Ian Driver, a longstanding campaigner against the Pleasurama development. Mr Davies said that FORs will be campaigning for a public inquiry into Thanet Council’s management of the site, especially the sale of the freehold to developers  Cardy Ramsgate for £3million last week at a time when other Cardy companies were reported to be facing serious financial difficulties.  Mr Davies said that FORS will be organising more public meetings  in the near future to gather support for their campaign for an inquiry with the ultimate aim of securing the return of  the land to the  council.
Ian Driver, said that the derelict Pleasurama site had blighted Ramsgate seafront for more than 20 years and had deterred investment and development in the area at the cost of £millions in lost income and jobs. He said that he did not believe that Cardy Ramsgate would ever complete the development and that Cardy’s funder,  the offshore Panamanian based Mintal Group, would ultimately take control of seafront site and land bank it  till prices rose. He explained that Mintal appeared to be owned by multi-millionaire, Colin Hill, who was also the financier for the previous failed Pleasurama developers SFP Ventures. He said that Thanet Council should make a determined effort to regain ownership  of the land and that there should be a major public consultation with the people of Ramsagate about what the land should be used for. His preferred option was from leisure and community use.

See video of Ian Driver's speech to the meeting below

7 comments:

  1. Tear the fence down and occupy the site

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  2. And anything goes wrong with cliff face TDC face an action for damages ?

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  3. It seems that Thanet council are fare game to take action for damages for any reson that anybody can see a way to go,coupled with off shore secrets.

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  4. TDC paying £900k to Sands because TDC didn't have the land access ready? Who is responsibe for that at TDC?

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  5. What did Mayor Shonk do before he retired?

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  6. TDC don't stand a chance against these professional developers. They agreed to give the £3 millions lease to Cardy Construction rather than be sued by SFP Venture for the £5 millions they claimed they had spent. At the time Cardy Construction seemed to be solvent with a good track record and a good order book. Now TDC seem to have been outwitted and again faced the prospects of being sued for the £5 millions or hand over the lease to new comer Cardy Ramsgate who have no track record and most probable are SFP by any other name! So its back to land banking until TDC offer over £6 millions t get the lease back.

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  7. Kent Police in Daily Mail for expensive salaries and expenses - no doubt Live Animal overtime too

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