Thanet council pledges to deep clean stinking Ramsgate multi-storey after plea from mayor

The multi-storey in Leopold Street

A deep clean of Ramsgate’s multi-storey car park in Leopold Street will take place this month.

Next month will also see repainting of the stairwells and railings and an update of the fire doors.

Council deputy leader Ash Ashbee also said the lifts were in need of refurbishment or replacement and talks are taking place with the owners about the work.

She gave the details at a full council meeting last night (September 5) in response to a question from councillor and Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara.

Raushan Ara

Cllr Ara said: “The harbour multi-storey car park in Ramsgate is in an absolutely filthy state, with graffiti litter, drug use and public urination. The lift is a potential hazard, especially for families with children, or to those with a physical disability.”

Cllr Ara also asked for assurances that, once the work has been completed, an ongoing plan will be put in place to ensure  so the works are not just a ‘quick fix.’

Cllr Ash Ashbee

Cllr Ashbee said there were plans for other improvements in that area and she would be “keeping a watching brief.”

The works come on the heels of numerous complaints, with one resident saying as she walked down the stairwell she witnessed “a woman gagging.and then having to bend in two to actually get out from under the broken gate.”

Others have complained of the stench of urination, discarded needles, blood, sick and faeces,

Free Saturday parking at the multi-storey was axed last year. Ramsgate Town Council had been subsidising it through a payment of £9,000 per year to Thanet council.

But a request for £27000 over two years was rejected by the town council as too much, particularly in the light of slashed budgets.