The search is on for an escapee concrete piling from the former Pleasurama site in Ramsgate.
It was last seen breaking out of the seafront plot, perhaps disturbed by the new funfair, and then trotting along Wellington Crescent today (July 22).
Families waiting to see the carnival also spotted the ‘pillar’ outside the Albion House hotel and by the East Cliff bandstand.
The piling – aka isle artist Gary Perkins – broke out of the site which, until this month’s funfair, had been unused since a blaze on the evening of May 25 -going into May 26-1998, which devastated everything on the site, including the listed railway, the amusement arcade, cafe/restaurant; bingo hall and associated offices.
In January 2004 planning permission was granted for a 60-bed hotel, 107 residential apartments, leisure facilities and retail but despite the ongoing saga of changing companies and contract buy-outs work is yet to start in earnest. It is thought the piling was ‘gently protesting’ at the 20 years of inactivity at the plot and the seven years of standing about doing nothing since the pillars were installed.
A search party spokesman said: “This pilings graveyard is an important piece of Ramsgate heritage and we do not take this escape lightly.”
Read here: Pleasurama: 20 year anniversary since site destroyed in blaze
. . . well the hotel and apartments will never get built now that the developers have been so irresponsible as to let one of the foundation pillars escape.
How can this have been allowed to happen – why did the Council’s Building Control Department not ensure that the footings were sufficiently deep and secure ?
Locals call the pilings baby henges, before there big enough to join there big brothers at stone henge. I have a photo of him paddling in the sea
Brilliant protest, laughed til I cried!
Any piling with a bit of spirit would make a bid for freedom- the old Pleasurama site must be SO boring!
Thanet had no business letting it get that bad.