Ramsgate mayor calls for inward investment as Thomas Cook collapse means another closure for Ramsgate town centre

Raushan Ara at the now empty Thomas Cook shop

Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara says the need for inward investment in Ramsgate has been brought into stark focus as the collapse of Thomas Cook on Monday (September 23) resulted in yet another high street closure and loss of local jobs.

The travel firm went into compulsory administration with the loss of 9,000 UK jobs.

Cllr Ara said: “I am deeply saddened by the sudden closure of Thomas Cook. Many customers have been left stranded and in some cases kicked out of hotels. Those that have managed to get home so far often find they are left many miles from their homes. “Having returned from Labour’s party conference my thoughts are also with the many employees who lost their jobs without any notice.

“Yesterday evening I was approached by a man whose granddaughter had lost her job with Thomas Cook and is now desperate for another. All of these people have bills to pay including mortgages/rent. Many have families to look after, what will they do now?

“This is yet another blow to Ramsgate’s High Street with the closure of Thomas Cook. The need for inward investment in Ramsgate has never been more clear. The future of Ramsgate’s High Street, and those across the country, is reliant on real investment in people and small businesses.”

Those who bought a package holiday will be covered by the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence scheme (Atol) meaning the cost of the holiday will be refunded.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will head a service to manage refunds from September 30.

All refunds should be processed within two months of a claim form being submitted properly.

Those who booked flight only will not get an automatic refund but should be able to claim through the provider of the credit or debit card used to pay for the flights.