Thursday, 10 April 2014

Cabinet present update on key Ramsgate projects

Cabinet members for Thanet District Council today (Thursday 10 April) presented progress on a number of key Ramsgate projects to the Ramsgate Matters Consultative group.

The group, which includes representatives from local businesses and residents associations, were given an update on programmes of work being undertaken by the council, in partnership with local organisations, to help improve and develop the town.

There was also an opportunity for questions and comments to ensure that members of the community have the chance to feed directly into how the projects develop.

Projects ranged from specialist cleaning of the town centre and re-planting of public gardens to the regeneration of empty properties and the creation of more affordable housing.

Opportunities to apply for external funding were discussed, with the submission of a £2m partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund this Autumn as part of a Ramsgate Harbour Heritage Project as well as 

European funding to support studies into energy generation at the Port and Harbour.

Tourism was a key feature with Ramsgate set to take centre stage in the latest Kent Contemporary 

Campaign this year and plans by the Ramsgate Regeneration Heritage Trust to host a grand re-opening of the Ramsgate Tunnels in June.

Presentations were also made by the Steam Museum Trust on the Maritime Museum and from Janet Fielding on Project MotorHouse.

Council Leader, Clive Hart, said: “There are a fantastic array of projects and programmes of work going on in Ramsgate to help improve the town.
“The area has benefited significantly from regeneration over the years and we’re keen to keep the momentum going.
“Working together with the local community we’re making real headway and this is thanks to the dedication, commitment and passion of the people of Ramsgate.
“Today was a wonderful opportunity for Cabinet to share progress with Ramsgate Matters and this will continue as each of the projects develop.”

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