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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Royal Harbour Approach Road Closure. What Does It Mean?

KCC has secured a traffic order to close the Royal Harbour Approach Road to pedestrians, cyclists, invalid carriages, vehicles under 50cc and horse traffic. The closed area is from the roundabout above the port tunnel to the roundabout outside the port entrance. The official justification for the closure is “for avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising.
 I have written to Thanet Council and KCC asking them to provide me with all the documents related to this application and to also explain to me the precise nature of the “danger to persons” which the closure is seeking to avoid. It must be a very  significant change  to have virtually the whole of the Royal Harbour Approach closed to pedestrians and cyclists for a month. I wonder why the council has not told us? I also wonder why Ramsgate’s Kent County Councillors Trevor Shonk and Martin Heale have said nothing about this?
My guess is that the closure has been put in place to facilitate the industrialisation of the port and allow for the uninterrupted passage of HGVs and other large vehicles using the hoped for Ro-Ro Ferry, or more likely, the extra vehicles required support the expansion of Brett’s aggregate operation at the port and to facilitate the unloading of domestic rubbish from London and /or Kent to fuel an Energy from Waste plant to be built somewhere in Thanet. There is also likely to be a need for the passage of lots  of large HGVs and construction plant during the construction of the much talked about “alongside quay” which will support Brett’s activities  and any waste transfer operations.
The closure of the Royal Harbour Approach Road and the move towards the wholesale industrialisation of the port of Ramsgate will significantly increase the risk of pollution in Ramsgate and is likely to cause serious damage to nearby national and internationally  protected marine areas. The industrialisation of the port also poses a major threat to the Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour and the town’s visitor economy and by undermining tourism will destroy many more jobs and business opportunities than it creates. There has no public consultation whatsoever about this.  
I understand that the Ramsgate Action Group is calling a public meeting to discuss this issue and much more about the seafront on 13 February, the Oddfellows Hall, 142 High Street, Ramsgate. I’ll be going and hope to see your there

Dear Kent County Council
Please provide me with copies of all documentation associated with your  order for Prohibition of Traffic on A299 Royal Harbour Approach, Ramsgate
I note that the reason for the order is “for avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising”. Please tell me what the dangers specified in the reasons for closure are  e.g  an increase in traffic movements on the road making the road dangerous,  an increase in large vehicles using the road, repair and construction work to the road/ tunnel or to adjacent areas etc.
Could you also clarify whether vehicles will continue to be able to park in the roadside parking bays and whether pedestrians will be able to continue to gain access to the beach including crossing the road from the bottom of the cliffside access stairs?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
Ian Driver  


  1. Another back door job by ALL of our councillors. There is a real disease running through this lot now since UKIP took over!

  2. I assume they are only closing the road and not the seawall as well.