‘Unprecedented’ cost increases impacting £51 million Margate Town Deal, Ramsgate Levelling Up and High Street fund projects

Plans for The Smack Boys Home are being amended

“Unprecedented levels of 20-30% cost increase” are impacting on some projects in the £51 million Margate Town Deal and Ramsgate Levelling Up and Future High Street schemes.

The rising cost of materials and labour, which has been partly blamed on leaving the EU and the war in Ukraine, and the hike in inflation rates, are above contingency levels accounted for when government funding for the three major projects was applied for.

One of the schemes to be impacted is the Smack Boys building at Ramsgate harbour which, under the Ramsgate Levelling Up scheme, was earmarked to be converted into a training hotel and restaurant.

Photo Historic England

However, these plans have now been amended according to a report to Thanet council Cabinet members, which says: “Nationally the projects within these capital programmes are financially challenged due to the macroeconomic impacts of leaving the EU and the war in the Ukraine, which saw a huge impact on cost and access to materials and labour.

“In the last year the increasing inflation has compounded the already increasing costs. These recent economic events were unknown when the projects were submitted for DLUHC funding, therefore a reasonable level of inflation and contingency was included in the project submissions, however they did not match the unprecedented levels of 20-30% cost increase that some of the projects in the district are facing.

“There are a number of ways in which these can be dealt with. Firstly, for a new build scheme it is relatively easy to apply a value engineering principle, either reviewing the size and scale of the building or the materials being used.

“However, there is more of a challenge if the building is existing, of heritage value and listed, making scope changes and value engineering much more difficult to scale.

“One of the projects particularly being impacted by this is the Smack Boys restaurant with rooms scheme – it has to be amended on the basis of business viability due to the increase in costs for the refurbishment and repurposing of the building.”

Curl la Tourelle architects, based in London, won contracts in March which include works related to the restoration and regeneration of Pier Yard, The Clock House and The Sailor’s Church and Former Home for Smack Boys.

Thanet council’s Levelling Up Fund page says: “Currently, Curl La Tourelle Head Architecture are conducting feasibility studies to determine a new use for the building, whilst restoring and retaining its historical and heritage value as part of the Royal Harbour.”

Margate Digital Image Lee Evans Partnership

Margate Digital, which received £6.3m for EKC Group to deliver a digital campus in the former M&S building in the High Street has also been delayed.

A 2024 opening date, around 12 months behind original estimates, has been blamed on delays in finishing building works.

In January Thanet council and EKC Group said: ““Since the bid was submitted, the economic environment has seen ongoing increases in inflation and the cost of living, and rising insurance premiums. Recent changes to the classification of Further Education Colleges by the Department for Education also have an impact. As a result the sums needed to cover these costs have increased.

“The council is engaged with central government, and is highlighting the challenges of increasing inflation and its impact on the cost of living and materials. The aim is to identify and mitigate the risks being posed to the project.

“Due to delays to the completion of building works, the proposed opening date for Margate Digital is likely to change. EKC Group proposes that the first cohort of students will now commence in September 2024. If completed earlier, the building may be used for other related activities.”

The Oval site  (Photo via The Oval Bandstand FB page)

A stand-off over the contents of the grant agreement has also affected The Oval Bandstand and Lawns project in Cliftonville.

In June Grass (Gordon Road Area Street Scheme) Cliftonville, which is carrying out the project, said although allocated £500,000 from the town deal in 2021 and carrying out major works, the group was still waiting for £475,000 of the grant to be released.

That delay is not related to rising costs but instead to a row over the agreement that GRASS has to sign to get the money.

Ramsgate Photo Historic England

The highways element of the Ramsgate Future High Street Fund has also been delayed.

The scheme aims to make it easier for pedestrians to walk to the town centre from the Harbour, by reducing the dominance of the road. This project was due to be completed by spring 2024 but the funding has now been moved to the 2024/25 financial year.

A report to Cabinet members says: “It is mainly the highway element of the scheme which has been delayed. This has been caused by delays in the approval of the s278 agreement with KCC, these delays have also impacted on the coalition and review of contract documents due to the change in time period for the proposed works. As a result £1.867m has been slipped to 2024/25.”


Thanet council says the impact of cost increases and inflation is being reviewed with solutions being identified and sought out.

A report to Cabinet members says: “These include looking for further external funding, from public and private sources, reviewing options for individual projects of value engineering and considering other ways in which the projects can be delivered in order to deliver the desired outputs and outcomes.

“This work is ongoing with the project management, cost consultants and design teams, working with relevant stakeholders and has added time in the development of these projects.

“Funding applications are being drafted for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and South East Local Enterprise Partnership. The council is also engaging with other government departments and agencies, the Thames Estuary Growth Board and private sector organisations.

“The Leader of the council has written to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up; Michael Gove, to highlight the challenges being faced by local authorities like Thanet District Council in picking up the macroeconomic impacts on the existing funding programmes.”

Pilot project

Due to Thanet council being one of 10 in the country to be chosen to take part in a Simplification pilot project the funding for all three schemes is now being treated as one pot. The scheme means there is also an additional year to complete Levelling Up and High Street projects with the deadline moving from March 2025 to March 2026.

Rick Everitt at the Ramsgate Levelling Up session

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting last week, council leader Rick Everitt said local councils had not “been equipped to manage the level of capital funding awarded” and government timescales for completion had been “unrealistic.”

He said the same circumstances were faced by two other Kent councils which had received funding.

He said the new Simplification pilot, which streamlines reporting and management of projects, was “welcome” for giving “more flexibility” and allowing an extra year for delivery.

He also assured members there was no plan to move funding from Ramsgate to Margate or vice versa and if this did happen it would have to go through public council processes.

He added: “It’s an exciting time for all of us and I am certainly looking forward to the outputs and convinced we will have some really exciting developments over the next few years.”

The change of delivery deadline means Levelling Up Funded projects have been “slightly reprofiled” with funding plans moved to future years.

The project also means the Margate Town Deal Board will be disbanded and a new one set up for the combined scheme.

‘Extra year for completion’

A Thanet council spokesperson said: “There are three funding streams; Town Deal, Levelling Up and Future High Street Fund. They each support regeneration projects in the district. The Simplification Pilot means they can be managed more flexibly.

“This national pilot is a response to calls from local government to simplify these programmes. It will reduce the administrative burden on the council and allow for more focus on project delivery. It will simplify monitoring, reporting and project change arrangements.

“Following the invitation to be part of the Pilot, Levelling Up Fund projects have an extra year for completion. This brings them in line with the timing of the Town Deal programmes. This time is welcomed and will mean that we can deliver high quality projects for the benefit of the district.”

“The council is on track to deliver multiple regeneration projects by the deadline of 2026.

“We have been very successful in attracting significant funding into the area. This has resulted in a step change in the number of projects that the council is delivering. Together with the council’s housing programmes, it represents a total investment in Thanet of around £150m.

“We welcome the Simplification Pilot. By reducing the administrative demand we can increase the resources dedicated to the delivery of these projects.

“The impact of inflation is also a factor in these types of programmes across the country. We are working to ensure our projects are delivered to a high standard. Good progress is being made and we will continue to provide regular updates across all ongoing projects.”


Ramsgate Levelling Up Fund – £18.242m removed from the 2023/24 Capital Programme and moved to 2024/25 & 2025/26.

Margate Town Deal – £14.457m from the 2023/24 programme to 2024/25 & 2025/26

Margate Digital – East Kent College Group is reviewing the project in line with inflation and construction challenges, this has included a reprofiling of expenditure and the delivery timeframe. £4.891m has therefore been ‘slipped’ from the 2023/24 Capital Programme

Ramsgate Future High Street Fund – £1.867m has been slipped to 2024/25.

Margate Town Deal, Levelling Up scheme and Future High Street Fund to be managed as one £51m pot under new pilot scheme

The Oval bandstand project ‘brought to stand-still’ in row over release of Margate Town Deal funding

Early designs revealed for £19.8m Levelling Up Fund projects at Ramsgate port, harbour and Newington Community Centre

The Margate School halts role in Margate Digital campus project due to unexpected rent and funding ‘demand’

Public drop-in and display to share early proposals for £1.1m Access Walpole scheme


    • Nothing.
      But it’s an easy excuse for politicians at every level and of every stripe.
      I wonder if there are any large, private infrastructure projects of national importance near by that will suffer cost increases of 20-30%?

    • The left would rather blame those than more likely things such the huge increase in illegal immigration, or the obesity epidemic impacting our society.

      • I would rather blame the 9 odd billion that the Tories wasted on useless PPE thanks to giving the deals to their useless cronies/friends/donors like Baroness Boobies. The Tories that gave a huge ferry deal to a company with no experience of running ferries, that had no ferries & who stole their T&C from a takeaway website etc.

        The huge immigration increase has to do with the Tories having no will to protect the border properly-strange the tv stations always know where they are setting off, but the government are clueless & their inability to process claims & then come out with stupid gimmicks like Rwanda-which would cost more & a barge that holds less than often arrive on one given day.

        Obesity could again be reduced by a government who had the balls to get the food industry in line, but as shown over & over the Tories are in bed with them-so tough talk always ends up being very lightweight regulation or nothing.

          • Well, I’ve been poor most of my life, and always lived near cheap takeaways. Yet I’m as trim now, in my 60s, as I was in my 20s.

          • I understand that your whole life seems to be trolling on this comments section but let me explain.
            There are a huge number of studies that demonstrate the link between obesity and poverty.
            There are many underlying reasons for this including lack of education, limited time etc. but the thing I always come back to is the cost and quality of food.
            Ultra-processed foods tend to be more filling than healthy, fresh produce. A quick cost-per-100kcal will show you that.
            If the government were to invest properly in education and youth services (including reopening surestart – where new parents were supported in learning how to prepare nutritious food) – we would see progress in the fight against obesity.
            They won’t though – because they either lack the imagination or see the working classes as a sunk cost.

    • Lots of materials are imported from EU countries and the rules have changed.

      Ukraine war led to the increasecin fuel costs so companies making things and delivering things put up their prices to cover the increased costs.

    • Brian, do you actually think that every single item sold in the UK is produced in the UK? Obviously UK based suppliers source materials from outside the UK. Even our Brexit Blue passports are made in France. The brexiteers decided EU member states are more capable and competent than British manufacturers.

  1. There’s lots of money about.Knowing this the companies up their prices,wages will not go up,just the companies take a Brucie bonus,as always

  2. quite right Ms Pink , but people are afraid to mention it , its the elephant in the room. i wonder what excuses they would have without ukraine , covid , blah blah blah . just face it years of the tories have caused this mess. and we always knew this money would vanish in admin , meetings , enquiries , fees , and consultations . whatever they are ?

  3. Same old morons with their daft comments.
    The war in Ukraine plus Liz Truss’ disastrous mini-budget created a leap in inflation as energy prices (you need energy to make stuff) soared.
    Brexit created terrible instability owing to the amount of red tape we now face when importing materials etc..
    Remember ‘project fear’ back in 2016? Well turns out the remainders were right all along.
    The reason immigrants and obesity aren’t blamed for rising costs are because they leave literally nothing to do with it.

  4. People may have noticed that in recent insistence on the Margate Town Deal being on course (something about ducks pedalling away but you can’t see the feet) there was a studious avoidance of Margate Digital. The initial £750K splurge on refurbing to dam and asbestos proof was supposed to have been completed by Spring two years ago so that at the least the ground floor could have been turned over to interim use (creative craft fairs, gallery exhibitions, indoor food markets … we have enough grassroots entrepreneurs) for the benefit of the tourist offer. Instead the building has become an orphan – no money available for some white spirits clean up seemingly. Poor ‘imagery’ but do they care ?
    It has been put to the Thanet Scrutiny Panel (beginning in early April) that there may be sound business reasons for EKC to savagely reduce, if not abandon, their very ambitious ‘teenager’ programme : just consider how long it has taken Nelson College to get the CCCU B’stairs campus up and running. And we now know that there are fatter fish to fry over at Manston with a replica Stansted Airport College much more centrally situated for East Kent.
    That’s the trouble with dither and delay in an inflationary age – one watches with interest the ‘cull’ now that there is sufficient licence to reshuffle the pack (up to £5 millions w o reference to Marsham Street.) Farewell Creative Land Trust – must bolster Dreamland as ‘shovels’ already at it ?
    Not quite as bad as HS2 but older readers will remember Blue Streak !
    The problem is of course universal and there have been concerns about poor delivery for some time (not least from the National Audit Office.) Fact is, LAs have been so denuded that they do not have the managerial capacity and the argument is that they need combination – abolishing the Local Enterprise Partnerships from next March is a step towards such devolution. The Airport may well be that economic driver for the region – all those prospective 4th Industrial Revolution satellites.
    Let’s see what the King’s Speech reveals in November – The Margate School is hosting a REINVENTION 3.0 shortly after.

    • Hilarious statement Geoff, and clearly lacking any real insight on the Stansted Airport College, which has a huge amount of highly specialised provision for a very well established and busy airport. The idea that Manston would bring anywhere approaching that amount of business is genuinely hilarious. It’s also incredibly worrying that anyone would be placing their chips on this absolute clunker that will in my view, ultimately, fail to get off the ground. Were I a young person, there is no chance I’d want to engage in any kind of training for an airport which will never gain any traction or have any planes. Sad, but true.

      • It was over 50 years ago that I flew from Stansted on a publishers’ one day jolly to the Frankfurt Book Fair – Channel Airways, which was probably coal burning. The place was pretty desolate but has clearly ‘matured’ over the decades. What its passenger future may be is something else given increasing carbon footprint conscience amongst the travelling classes (as if.)
        East Kent College have been closely involved in developing the prospect of a ‘replica’ Stansted College at Manston – it provides the only reasonable focus for retaining and skilling our youth (by which I mean the E Kent economic sub region). We aren’t talking about ‘robotic’ cargo handling but the Airport as a renewed catalyst for the rest of the century’s high-tech firms. The Green Port at Ramsgate is, we are assured, potentially another such for construction trades. I would discount the World Toffee Apple Academy at Dreamland but others might not.
        So, Stansted did not spring fully armed from the head of Zeus like Athene but such is the modern technological pace I have faster hopes for Manston – obviously not overnight. At least there is some Vision Thing hereabouts but alternatives welcome for consideration (and that doesn’t mean more executive housing estates with double garages.)

  5. God are we still blaming the EU for all our woes Thought we left several years ago!!!!.We have only ourselves to blame. We have become a joke to the rest of the World.We can’t pick up litter or weed our streets let alone anything that requires vision.

  6. Those wishing to blame Brexit for cost increases here really should go to Europe and see what the situation is like over there. Average inflation in the EU is around 10.4%, some countries have inflation figures over 20%. Croatian’s are now rueing the fact that when they joined the Euro this year everything went up between 25% and 50%, for example, a beer that cost £2.5 last year is now £3.5.

  7. And of course by next year inflation will have eroded more of the capital so we’ll have to reconsider and reschedule. And so it will go on and the Royal Harbour and its surrounding area will remain as they are while only the consultants will have benefited.

  8. I see Ms Pink continues their usual migrant hating speech, nicely allowed. That diet kept them trim but bitter.

  9. Why can’t we use local architects and businesses to improve Thanet, have local councillors from the area we all live to run Thanet. Makes sense and would also work out cheaper in the long term. People who understand Thanet’s needs and stop using over priced London rate business.
    Or is that too easy
    Money for the Thanet spent in Thanet by Thanet businesses??????

    • Great idea, Chris. But gang on, I thought we value competition and giving the job to the best person/company?

    • The council’s procurement procedures place a huge burden on those entering the tender process, as with most things in the public sector the requirements are gold plated, as a result its generally only the larger companies that end up bidding for work. The same happens within the councils housing repairs, not so long back they ran a tender process so labrynthine for the relatively common task of replacing flat roofs that they only had one tender response. It would probably be fair to question a process that only gets one tender as it hardly leads to much competitive bidding. Plus you have those companies that specialise in working within the local government network, it’s not hard to imagine that its a very different environment to the wider commercial world.

    • Unfortunately – there’s a dearth of professionalism in Thanet and too much of an old boys / golf-club network.
      The tender process means TDC will be able to employ professional outfits who will ultimately deliver for residents rather than their golfing buddies.

  10. The increases in construction costs were very well known before the Margate Digital bid was put in.

    Someone obviously hasn’t allowed properly for contingency in the project or simply hasn’t costed it properly in the first place.

    The delays in delivery and financial problems at East Kent College Group where they have been laying staff off due to financial issues is very worrying indeed.

    • EKC Group is not to blame at all for the delays to Margate Digital, for that you need to look solely at TDC, the Department for Levelling Up and Homes England.

      All FE Colleges have just been brought under DfE control again, this means that borrowing is reduced, leases to buildings have to be 125 years and projects are much harder to get off the ground.

      I’m not sure where you get your info about staff layoffs and financial difficulties but I’d suggest getting knew contacts, yours are out of touch and clearly have an axe to grind.

      • They don’t need to borrow. The whole £7m cost including their “own contribution” (which is just more money given to them by government for equipment) hasn’t cost East Kent Colleges a single penny.

        I also know managers in Technology, HR, Finance etc have been made redundant in the last 12 months with the reason given the Group’s financial situation.

        From what I’ve been told, it seems the College Group are more than happy to spend a load of money for an all day staff jolly at Dreamland but less on keeping staff employed.

        • Correct it hasn’t cost them (so far), the DfE requirement for TDC/Homes England to give EKC Group a 125 year lease on the building may be a sticking point.

          The Group, like any business and especially one that is primarily funded by Central Government has to keep a tight reign on payroll budgets, unfortunately some management roles were made redundant in the last 12 months or so. Would you rather lecture staff and students support staff were made redundant? As a taxpayer I want to see my money is well spent, if that means removing some middle layer management roles to keep staff in classrooms and workshops so be it.

  11. May I know just how many consultants are being used on that part of the levelling up fund that is being spent in Newington?

    The digital project has not taught 1 student anything yet.

    Will the fishermen in Ramsgate get the modest support included in the planning or will that part of this scheme be quietly forgotten about?

    Pushing it all into next year and beyond just provides longer and more lucrative contracts to consultants and more opportunity for inflation to absorb more of this.

    Please get a move on with building the skate park in Margate .

  12. In the absence of more funding becoming available , given that inflation whilst dropping a bit is still well above that of recent years and the extra delays and costs incurred for more reports and consultations. It’s not hard to conceive that only half of what was originally planned will ever get completed, the endless arguments and horse trading over which half gets done will just add to the increased costs and delays.
    Then at some point someone somewhere will then question the economic benefits of spending so much for so little and more reports and delays will ensue.
    And all this before the inevitable cost overruns when projects finally get off the ground, especially so in the case of the repurposing/ renovation of old buildings.
    There must eventually be a point where it’s decided that the benefits of the money spent are so marginal that the whole thing is bought to a halt.

  13. The self righteous Checksfield (Ms Pink) is lucky because his body does not retain fat,except where his head is concerned.Being poor and overweight is not due to some moral deficiency but is instead linked to poor diet,poor housing,poor education,and a lack of life chances.Much of the cheapest foodstuffs are ultra processed and these are a root cause of obesity.Poor people can of course be feckless and indolent,but the ‘idle rich'(now that’s an old term,in fact a rave from the grave),can be equally feckless and indolent,but no one judges them.
    But getting back to the matter at hand,if you let TDC,do anything you get nincompoopery involved.
    Ramsgate is not getting much out of this levelling up,except a refurb of TDC properties,which they failed to maintain. There is a perfectly good firm of architects in Ramsgate,but no TDC prefer to outsource from London.I think TDC have forgotten what ‘levelling up means’.TDC cannot run bathwater without flooding the place.
    What will happen is Ramsgate will receive a half finished job and TDC will blame external issues being the cause of the cost overrun as they are doing here.

    • Really, so housing has got worse than it was 50 years ago? The endless streams of food delivery couriers at the fast food outlets may probably suggest that people just can’t be bothered to prepare even the simplest of meals. The numbers of obese people seen waddling around can’t be put down to poverty and the allure of processed foods, there are many who just won’t put any effort into what they choose to eat, having insufficient money for food is more often the result of the other priorites people choose for the incomes they have.
      When you have so many people that can’t look away from their phones long enough to cross the road , you can pretty much take it as a given that they aren’t going to take the time to peel a carrot.
      Societies desire to not offend the so readily offended should not be taken as a reason to excuse lack of personal responsibility.
      At some point the country is going to have to address the problem , or the costs of supporting those that don’t work and bring forward the need for complex health care decades as a result of excess weight is going to place an unaffordable burden on the nation

    • My lunches as a young kid tended to be either bread and dripping or bread and sugar, with a tin of spam saved for special occasions. Yet we all stayed slim. Why? We were outdoors, whatever the weather, running, climbing, jumping, while playing cowboys and indians or similar. Far more than diet, the lack of exercise is why there are so many larger than life people around these days.

      So George, how do you keep fit and slim?

  14. People have always ate high fat low nutrient foodstuffs for decades, and a much higher percentage of people smoked blissfully unaware that their choices would not lead to adverse health outcomes – mainly because they died earlier without the virtue of advanced treatments seen today.

    The reason you are seeing more obesity is because the afflicted are “propped up” by modern treatments and care agencies thus they are living longer with this excess weight, diabetes mellitus and poor health.

    As LC said, if you don’t look after yourself, you will experience a slow “death by 1000 cuts”, as opposed to a oblivious exit and atonement for gluttony at the Pearly Gates.

    • Yes,housing has got worse.The onset of council house sales,reduced the social sector and re energised the private sector.Not all private landlords are Ebenezer’s but some are and the housing they provide is Dickensian.
      If your outlook is limited and set in an echo chamber,you will not notice how bad things have become.
      Since 2010, food banks have increased by an enormous amount.As for food delivery bikes etc,I think you will find that the poorest cannot afford them.
      The trope about fecklessness and the deserving and undeserving poor is both hackneyed and inaccurate.The poorest will be deciding between heating and eating again this winter.
      Back in the 1950s when Checksfield was a boy or a little Ms Pink,real wages were on the rise,as were living standards,so suggesting yet again that we should all return to old values,is hardly appropriate in the cutthroat gig economy of today.
      Up to 1979, the difference in wealth between the poor and the rich was narrowing,today the opposite is true.
      This constant harking back to the good old days and poverty denial,is a delusion.Blaming the poor for being poor is an old game,and won’t change the situation.
      If you want to stop ‘gluttony’,then ban or tax ultra processed food,increase the minimum wage considerably,build more social homes,with rents at no more than 30% of median incomes, and invest in life time learning.
      I hope those who prefer to blame the poor rather than take action,have no answers,no solutions,only blame and criticism, because they know that their ideas are losing traction and they don’t like it.

      • You’re being absurd, you can’t measure the standard of housing on the basis of a few bad apples, if you want to do so, then you’d be campaigning for the end of social housing on the back of the events at grenfell, lakanal and the death associated with mould and damp.
        As for education we keep hearing about the extremely high levels of persistent absenteeism within education , no pupil will learn if they are not in school, as for poverty and measuring it on a scale as a % of average incomes, this is again a piece of society’s nonsense, there are too many in society that would still have poor outcomes if you gave them ever more money.
        Filling the country with low skilled workers because our own workers don’t want to do the jobs and we haven’t encouraged investment in technology and automation , instead offering employers endless cheap labour , has done us no good and left us with endless pressureson housing and services.
        The nation most certainly made a huge policy error when it parked huge numbers on sick/unemployment nenefits when we deindustrialised, a shameful waste of north sea revenues that should have been used to retrain and upskill workers who lost their jobs.
        The intergenerational cyclality of benefit dependence needs interrupting along with a crack down on petty crime and fraud.
        Equally there should be a policy of identifying those rented properties that are below standard and outside of the tax system, incentivising councils to do this would be the best way forward, give them access to databases of land registry, council tax, benefits, hmrc , utility suppliers, electoral role etc to identify those properties where the owner lives elsewhere and theres reason to beleive the property is rented. Then prosecute where dishonesty / property standards are found.
        But it’s not a priority as it’d uncover millions of people who are in the country that shouldn’t be and throw everything into turmoil as the newly discovered people need to be absorbed into the system which has been funded for a smaller notional population.
        The lie was exposed with the numbers officially estimated as expected to register to remain in the uk after brexit and the numbers that actually did so. The difference being something like 4% of the population , you can’t suddenly find that you’ve unexpectedly gained 1 in 25 people, which rather supported the view that the country was overly attractive to eu migrants at the time.
        Perhaps we should have a real reckoning of how many are in the country and calculate a genuine per capita productivity figure, i’ll wager it shows we have been going backwards for some time and underlies our inability to provide the services needed.

  15. As with our good old MP MacKinsey, readers of TIOTN are experts in nutrition, public health, social epidemiology, architecture, and economic forecasting. One has to wonder why they dont volunteer more to help TDC, the Conservatives, or the UN.

  16. How many more feasibility studies etc. Who is paying for those? Just give Ramsgate Town Council their share of whatever money is left and I’m sure they can find plenty to spend the money on. The longer this sorry saga goes on the more likely the money will just disappear into the big black hole to pay off KCC debts. Show us the money!

  17. If they want to make it easier for pedestrians to access Ramsgate town centre from the harbour, then why wait for a highways project to get the green light? Why not just adjust the timing on the pedestrian crossing so that we get 30 seconds instead of 6 seconds to cross the road?

  18. They didn’t spend a lot on presentation. Pinning an A3 sheet to wire fencing doesn’t really sell the idea. Much like anything where a large amount of tax payer funded money is given to a public body the consultants and planners will take their cut. The officials will have moved on before people start asking questions about how tax payer money has been spent and nothing will have been achieved.

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