Friday, 24 February 2017

Ramsgate Town Centre Rejuvenation Plan

England's First Town
The Isle of Thanet - Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs

Town centre focus not Westwood Cross
Pedestrian priority not cars/lorries
Town councils not District councils
Tourism and Climate Change focus

1. Free wifi ie phone boxes/grants etc - 100% on and 100% free
2. Monthly and weekly events - plus Friday and Saturday markets expanded: apple, cherries etc
3. Police Broken Window misc: ASBO-zero street drinkers/beggars/junkies/rough sleepers/litter/parking/streetlights/empty shops - SME newsagents: tobacco/booze. Purple Flag and Pubwatch/Shopwatch
4. Town theatre/opera - flagpoles, RTC Town centre/events Manager - maximum 10% empty shops
5. Reopen Motor Museum/roof and pavement safety
6. Pav: Jazzwat, Grade 1 listing
7. Jobs: KORA and Sincerity Charity and EKFOS: East Kent Film Office and Studio, IMAX/VR
8. Red Cross Town: Debra shop - books/art, and First Aid training, Third sector coordination etc
9. RNLI Harbour - lifebuoy and phones and defibrillator, air ambulance, sealanes/ship pollution, fisheries etc
10. Pedestrianise seafront and Arches and town centre
11. Empty shops and Arches: relet at zero cost; redecor/utilities when empty so ready for use
12. Town buildings insurance and electricity: Vattenfall
13. Repair Bandstand/fountains etc
14. Ramsgate in Bloom and Battle of Flowers - orchids
15. Xmas, Easter and Summer lights/fireworks
16. Shopfront grants and Business rates rebates
17. Town promotional map and advertising - roundabouts
18. Reopen Tourist Office and Small Business Saturday, Geekexpo and ComiCon, Armada Day, Dunkirk day, Yacht Week, Brian Wilson Day, Carnival Week, 1703 Storm Day
19. Tourism foot passenger ferry: Ostend/Boulogne/Dunkirk etc
20. Arlington House demolition and Dreamland and reopened - link to Tivoli Copenhagen
21. Pegwell Bay and Canterbury Cathedral UNESCO: hoverport cleared and St Augustine/Pilgrim Trail
22. 2nd swimming pool
23. Tunnels and Maritime Museum links
24. Town Centre Twitter plasma panel
25. East Kent golf and tennis days
26. Startup Office Suites and Makers Market
27 Discovery Park: TB and Malaria Nets production, EU Rare/DNA research: UNSDG30 and UNSDG40 focus - review non-STEM businesses, and Sittingbourne Science links: graphene
28. EK College and CCU Broadstairs and Canterbury: Kent Uni/CCU: tourism focus, Foreign languages - Asia and Creative Industries
29. Business strategies: Benelux, East Europe: Poland, Hungary and Romania and Spain/LatAm: Mexico, Arg and Chile, Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, Finland
30. Twin Towns and celebrities/town freedom: Moses Montefiore: Chimay, Marx etc
31. Dumpton Gap sea defence - piers?

Time for Change

* 10 signatures in Ramsgate and 10 in Lenham needed for KCC election, Directly-elected Leader: end of Leader Carter and closed shop political parties
* review of KCC candidates later
* still parking on promendade and seafront ad pavements: clamp and crush needed
* horrifying Kent road deaths increase: 20mph and zero drinkdrive needed
* Stoke election the final mail in the coffin of UKIP - so much for Kent UKIP support for Nuttall. Disappointed his beard masks his Eddie Hitler lookey-likey appearance and absurd tweed Farage mini-me nonsense. Back to random whining about immigrants and the EU and Brexit.

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