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Planning a future for Ramsgate's heritage

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: February 03, 2012

  • Ramsgate Motor Museum, West Cliff Promenade, Ramsgate. Pictured is Janet Fielding (Former Dr Who Babe) who wants to save the place from going to auction. Picture: Andy Jones

  • Sea view shelters in Ramsgate.

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THE future of Ramsgate's vacant listed properties was debated at a town council meeting last Wednesday.

The meeting offered a chance for community groups to report to the public and for the town council to outline its draft budget proposals.

Janet Fielding of Project Motorhouse gave an update on plans to redevelop and reopen the West Cliff Hall as an "arthouse cinema" and a "flexible modern theatre space" at an estimated total cost of £5.5 million.

She said the project needed £21,000 for a structural survey of the building "to get the ball rolling" as part of £70,000 needed for the project's first 12 months.

Ken Read of the Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust gave an update on the refurbishment of the town's Edwardian shelters.

He said that the pilot scheme to refurbish two of the 12 shelters is due to be completed next month, and the trust was working to bring vacant properties such as Albion House, the former home of the town council, back in to use.

He added that the trust wanted the Royal Victoria Pavilion, which is owned by Thanet council, put to use.

Ramsgate Society chairman Jocelyn McCarthy announced the group's Love Where You Live campaign, which will take place in the summer. The society is calling on community groups and members of the public to join in a clean-up of the town.

Ralph Holt also gave a presentation on the town's plans to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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