In this week’s ‘Ask Sandy’, Thanet council leader, Sandy Ezekiel, looks to the south of the island and answers a reader’s question on the future of the Pleasurama development in Ramsgate.
Q: “Sandy says the council is close to signing off on the Pleasurama development. How can the development go ahead with the cliff face in such a perilous state? Are the developers going to pay to put it right, or will the council taxpayer have to cough up? Could you ask him if the Council intends to honour his promise to consult about the Pleasurama roof treatment before signing?”
A: “Let’s start with the issue of the cliff face. It’s the Council’s responsibility to maintain the coastline. Here we’re lucky enough to enjoy 26 miles of beautiful coastline and stunning beaches, but with that comes responsibility and this is one of those cases. The problems here were identified as part of our programme coastal defence surveys and we will be carrying out work here in due course.
As far as consultation goes, we have been talking to the Eastcliff Residents Association about this development and some of their concerns, but what we need to be clear about is the difference between signing the agreement and resolving the outstanding planning issues. They’re two different things and the issue of the roof treatment is something that will be resolved as part of the planning process.
For those of you wondering why an agreement is yet to be signed on this site, it’s because work is still underway on a highways agreement. We want to get everything exactly right before we sign the final agreement and that includes and that includes making sure that the site has adequate highways provision.
Rest assured – when we’re ready to start work on site, you’ll be the first to know. This project is a vital one for Ramsgate. It will bring more people in to live in the town centre, meaning more spending money for local shops and we’re working hard to make sure that the scheme happens – and as soon as possible, but before we sign on the dotted, all the various elements must be right before and that’s why we’re taking our time. I firmly believe that this scheme will bring many benefits to Ramsgate and indeed the whole of Thanet and I look forward to the day that works starts on the site.”
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