In a response to a Freedom of Information request from former Thanet Councillor, Ian Driver, Kent County Council Highways (KCCH), have indicated that work is likely to begin work on the controversial, 107 flat and 60 bedroom hotel, Pleasurama site which has blighted Ramsgate seafront for almost 20 years, in the spring 2017.Driver contacted KCCH earlier this year to enquire about the hoarding surrounding the Pleasurama site, which occupies a large section of Ramsgate’s seafront promenade. He had requested that because the development site had lain derelict for at least 6 years, that the hoarding be removed from the promenade and moved back to the perimeter of the development site.
KCCH replied to Driver today (26/01/2017) saying that “the new site owner, Ramsgate Development Company Ltd (RDCL), applied for and was granted the transfer of the remainder of the existing hoarding licence into their name” and that “we have been assured by the new owner that, subject to some final approvals (expected by early March), they will be position to commence development during Spring 2017. KCCH will monitor and review the situation accordingly and enforcement to remove the hoarding is a potential option at a later stage”.Said Driver “I am very sceptical of RDCL’s assurances about beginning work on site. The previous site developers, SFP Ventures, who had close links to the new site owners and developers RDCL said, on several occasions, that they would be commencing work on site, but never did. If I was a betting man I wouldn’t punt a penny on work beginning this spring, next spent or any other springs”
Dear Mr Driver,
Thank you for the e-mail below regarding the hoarding around the former Ramsgate Pleasurama site.
KCC Highways (KCCH) are fully aware that Cardy Construction Ltd are no longer operating and established contact with the new site owner, Ramsgate Development Company Ltd (RDCL), who applied for and was granted the transfer of the remainder of the existing hoarding licence into their name. Whilst we appreciate no construction work has taken place, I am sure you are aware that as part of the original transfer of the ownership of the site from Thanet DC to Cardy Construction Ltd, Thanet DC undertook extensive works to the retaining wall.
Thank you for your request to move the hoarding. At this stage, KCCH will not be enforcing this, as we have been assured by the new owner that, subject to some final approvals (expected by early March), they will be position to commence development during Spring 2017. KCCH will monitor and review the situation accordingly and enforcement to remove the hoarding is a potential option at a later stage.
Thank you for the information regarding condition 1 of the Control of Hoarding and Site Fencing (Form HS2). We have informed RDCL to replace the Cardy information board with their own that must show the Company telephone number, contact name and emergency out of hours contact numbers. RDCL have confirmed their intention is to replace these before the end of this week.
KCCH can confirm that RDCL has the appropriate £5m public liability insurance, and with provision of the policy, KCCH are satisfied the correct cover is in place and therefore indemnified as per the consent given when the existing licence was transferred from Cardy construction to RDCL. KCCH undertake random visits to visually inspect the condition of the hoarding and additional ones as required, for example, following a weather event such as strong winds to ensure the hoarding has not suffered damage. The last visual inspection took place on 16th December 2016 and we will be undertaking another one shortly.
With regards to your request for all correspondence and documents exchanged between KCC, Thanet DC and the site owners/developers regarding the hoarding, some of the material that Street Works licencing team possess may be of a sensitive commercial nature. Additionally, there may be other Highways or KCC teams that hold such correspondence in addition to the Street Works team. If you are able to confirm specifically what you require, we would be in a better position to assess the information and therefore, either be able to provide this direct to you or confirm if a formal Freedom of Information Act request would need to be made.
I hope this information proves useful.