July 2023 Monthly Members Newsletter

Dear Reader,
Welcome to our July newsletter in a particularly busy month when we have already had a further judicial review on the proposed re-opening of Manston Airport and our own Society AGM. If you are looking for a review of the many areas of Ramsgate Society work you can click below the short item on the AGM to read the Chairman’s Report across a dozen streams of our activity.
For the remainder of the month, we highlight 3 free events in this current week, including our own talk on the Tall Ships – as I write there are 5 places left and I will release more tickets if further cancellations are received
Terry Prue

Report Back from Manston Airport Second Judicial Review

Photo: John Walker
The Society submitted detailed representations to the Secretary of State on the Redetermination of the Development Consent Order which had been quashed by the High Court. When redetermining the application the Secretary of State, having rejected the original advice of the Examining Authority, then went on to reject the advice of his own independent consultants Ove Arup to refuse the application and instead approved it.
This redetermination was the subject of a further judicial review (JR) which took place over two days on 5th and 6th July in Court 2 at the Royal Courts of Justice before Mr Justice Dove. The parties to the JR were The King (on the application of Jennifer Dawes, Claimant), The Secretary of State for Transport (Defendant) and Riveroak Strategic Partners Ltd (Interested Party)
In brief the Claimant’s case concerned the Defendants approach to two issues (a) Need and (b) Climate Change.
On the issue of Need, the Claimant argued that the Secretary of State’s conclusion on the need for the airport was reached on the basis of three errors, giving rise to breaches of the Defendants common law duty on unfairness.
The first error was one of procedural unfairness, (the principles of which are well established in law) in that the Secretary of State failed to allow interested parties the opportunity to comment on the report from the International Bureau of Aviation on which he subsequently relied when determining the question of need.
The second error was one of Irrationality in that having raised the question of whether Quantitative Need for the airport had changed since the Examination in Public in 2018/2019, the Secretary of State then went on to rely heavily on a report on Qualitative Need submitted by RSP (the Azimuth Report) without having the underlying evidence on which that report was based, or submitting that report to scrutiny by interested parties. This second error was that having identified the issue of Quantitative Need as a matter for his consideration in the Redetermination process, he then failed to answer it which was Irrational.
The third error on the issue of Need was concerned with the potential for growth at existing airports in that the Secretary of State was wrongly advised that this was not a material consideration and it follows from the final decision letter that this advice was unlawful.
On the issue of Climate Change the Claimant argued that the Secretary of State failed to reach a conclusion on the Sixth Carbon Budget (CB6) despite this being one of the three questions he raised in his Statement of Matters and therefore he acted irrationally in not determining the question he had himself raised. The Defendant also unlawfully relied on the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and the Government’s Jet Zero Strategy as the sole basis for reaching his conclusion when in fact these policies were not capable of doing so because they were aspirational, unspecific and unquantified in nature.
At the close of proceedings, the Judge indicated that it would be October before he would be able to hand down his decision.
John Walker

Chairman’s Report from the AGM on July 6th

Photo: Cllr. Jane Hetherington
Our AGM took place earlier this month with good attendance and informative debates. The Chairman’s Report is always a central feature as it encompasses both a review of activities by the Society in the last year with an update to the current position. A copy of the review can be downloaded here.
Terry Prue
Download Chairman’s Report

Join the Ramsgate Heritage & Design Forum?

The Forum (RHDF) is affiliated to The Ramsgate Society and is a ‘statutory consultee’ that comments to and advises Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council on urban design, conservation and heritage matters including plans, policies and applications.
The Forum is a volunteer panel of current and former professional practitioners. It is now looking to build on its capabilities with additional members with skills and experience in architecture, urban design, planning, heritage, landscape design and public realm. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information please contact Richard Oades by email or 07929 142674.
Richard Oades

Ramsgate Design Awards Ceremony

The Ramsgate Design Awards ceremony has a new date. It will be held early evening in Radford House on Sep 15th 2023. A date after the summer holidays was chosen to give the judging panel plenty of time to assess the many nominated projects in the various categories. A limited number of tickets will be available to society members to attend, so keep an eye out for announcements about the release of tickets.
Thank you to all the nominees for putting forward such a wide variety of projects across Ramsgate and giving the judges plenty to think about. It is exciting to see so many individuals and organisations doing their best to keep the Ramsgate built environment special.


We will be publishing a full list of all the winners and runners up later in the year. The overall winner in the Building of the Year category will receive a coveted plaque.
Paul Shearer

New Committee Member Rob Warren

We are delighted that Rob Warren has joined the committee of the Ramsgate Society and that his election to the committee was ratified by Members at the AGM on 6th July.
Rob was born and raised in Ramsgate and is currently a member of The Clock House Focus Group and is advising on the Clock House Heritage Centre Regeneration Project
Rob is an experienced consultant for all and any aspects of the touring and travelling exhibitions world. He provides client services to the touring exhibitions industry to enable travelling programmes to move around the world and find host institutions.
His background is as a science historian, gaining History Of Science degrees from Lancaster and an MSc from Imperial College, London. As Curator of Navigational Instruments at the Royal Museums Greenwich he looked after collections, worked with academics, and promoted collections worldwide through their temporary exhibitions programme.
At The Science Museum London he worked on their special exhibitions programme with Pixar, Aardman Films, and the Barbican, among others. As Global Touring Manager at Science Gallery Dublin he worked on productions in galleries and museums all over the world. His experience of the touring industry is extensive and he enjoys working in a way that connects institutions with all the elements needed to move exhibitions around the world.
Being Ramsgate born and bred Rob is very committed to developing the potential of our heritage to improve Ramsgate as a place to live, work and visit and we are absolutely delighted to have him as a committee member helping to take forward the Clock House project over the next few years.

Upcoming Events

Photo: Michael Child Blogspot
  • The next Society event is our Tall Ships talk on Friday July 21st. This will now feature additional speakers and be expected to last 90 minutes. It is a sold-out event so if the extra length is a problem and you have to cancel attendance, please let us know so someone else can take your seat.
  • On Tuesday July 18th TDC have organised a public session to learn more about the Ramsgate Levelling Up Fund regeneration projects. It is a drop-in event between 2pm and 7pm at the Crane Shed, Ramsgate Harbour.
  • The Holocaust Educational Trust is hosting a free event ‘Holocaust and the Home Front’ at Ramsgate Tunnels on Thursday July 20th from 16:45 to 19:10. The evening will consist of interesting and thought-provoking talks of the Holocaust by listening to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, learning about the British response to and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust, and exploring civilian life during World War Two. Book here:
Book here
  • Following on from the successful Turner Contemporary exhibition ‘Banned’, curator Sabina Desir brings an evening of live music to the Ramsgate Festival of Sound on Friday August 25th at the Chatham House Grammar School Hall. Details and ‘early bird’ discounted tickets here:
Book here