Ramsgate Port and Harbour Feasability Consultation
Many of our members will recall that the Society Committee carried out an online survey of our members to inform our response to the TDC Public Consultation on the WSP Feasibility Study on the Future of the Port and Harbour. The deadline for submissions was 2nd October and following an analysis of questionnaires returned we submitted our response on 23rd September. The full document has been posted on our website.
We would very much like to thank all our members who responded to our online questionnaire. Summary of our key conclusions and recommendations:
The Ramsgate Society:
(i) Welcomes the opportunity to respond to the WSP report and looks forward to working with Thanet District Council (TDC) and other stakeholders over the next few years to achieve a transformation of the area of the Royal Harbour and Port with the aim of increasing the amenities, employment opportunities, tourism attractions and prosperity of Ramsgate and Thanet.
(ii) Strongly supports the comprehensive regeneration and redevelopment of the Royal Harbour, Marina and Port as an integrated whole, with a mixed-use, Marina Village style development of the Port site with an emphasis on leisure, hospitality, residential, retail and commercial, with some light engineering and industrial elements;
(iii) Urges TDC to support this approach and enter into public-private partnerships with one or more companies which specialise in planning and delivering major projects, to develop with these companies a Masterplan, and to deliver the redevelopment on a phased basis.
(iv) Proposes that the Master-planning process includes close consultation with stakeholders and the general public;
(v) Believes that it is essential to undertake the renovation of the Clock House and Pier Yard as a matter of urgency.
(vi) Recommends that TDC prioritises the modernisation of the Marina by awarding a contract with a long lease to a specialist marina development and management company with the aim of achieving five Anchor status within three years, and to work with Sail Training International to bring yachting regattas, including Tall Ships regattas, to the Royal Harbour.
(vii) Concludes that the era of cross-Channel ferries and Ro-Ro traffic more generally has come to an end, and that no provision should be made for it in the Masterplan;
(viii) Considers that the Port would provide better redevelopment opportunities if Brett’s operations were not retained within the Masterplan. However if Bretts were to remain in the Port at its current level and type of activity, the Masterplan would need to identify and secure appropriate screening arrangements in order to protect any new development from the adverse effects of this heavy industrial use. It would help to secure this outcome if Bretts could be persuaded to engage fully in the Masterplan process and to support its objectives.