A digger and workmen are on site at the former Pleasurama grounds on Ramsgate seafront.
Some hoardings have been removed and a digger via St Lawrence UK LLP is currently flattening the ‘hill of no hope’ and expected to remain on the grounds over the weekend.
In November last year Thanet council announced that Ramsgate Development Company Ltd, the owner of the Pleasurama site, had instructed construction works to begin on the seafront site.
According to a statement from TDC the company was to undertake remedial works to the hoarding and other necessary building preparatory work.
The hoarding were to remain in place for security. Kent County Council confirmed there is a licence in place for the hoardings with a requirement for them to be maintained.
Plan approved in 2004 for the Royal Sands site include a 60-bed hotel, 107 residential apartments, leisure facilities, cafés, shops as well as a children’s playground.
Work is yet to begin in earnest at the site which has lain derelict for 20 years since a blaze ripped through it in May 1998.
The TDC statement said the scheme is expected to employ up to 200 people while under development. Once completed, it is expected to provide long-term jobs in hospitality and retail as well as servicing the residential areas.
The council said a dedicated project officer had been assigned to monitor performance and there would be regular meetings with the owners.
Ownership of the land is currently registered to Ramsgate Development Company Ltd. Rumours of a take-over and suggestions that the area will be cleared, flattened and surfaced for a temporary fun fair have not been confirmed.
Thanet council and Kent County Council have been asked for comment.