Sunday 8 June 2008


A good time was had at the Dreamcoaster exhibition and party this weekend at Substation. The scenic railway has been rebuilt in model form from donated timber. The exhibition has a lovely collection of vintage posters and artifacts from Dreamland and great video footage from back in the day screening from the working park. On Friday there was a reading from Margatonian author, Iain Aitch and Saturday, we stuffed ourselves full of candyfloss, and were entertained by the highly amusing performance from one third of the Dead Victorians group and his musical sheep. All washed down with a fish and chip supper from Peter's and a pint down at Barnacles.

Discussions were abound at what is the one true name of the long sticking out stone walkway into the Harbour. The local contingent swear it has only ever been referred to as the Harbour Arm in this recent phase of renovations. Previously it was known as the 'Stone Pier'. The wooden structure that was destroyed in storms in the 70s was apparantly the 'jetty'. The Parade where Angela's, Peter's Fish Factory and the Harbour Cafe are sited is also bandied about recently as being amusingly referred to as 'The Piazza'.

More parties, please! It cheers us up in the rainy season.

Monday 2 June 2008

Days left for consulatation on the proposed sell of Margate properties

The consultation with the ironically titled, 'Making the most of our Margate properties', ends on June 6th. I took a trip out to Northdown House yesterday for a look round. It's such a lovely building and in what must have been an elegant park setting, this is surely one of the key items in the sale. However, is the credit crunch period the best time to sell off the family silver?

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The 16 properties in the proposal are:

1. Booth Place Margate Cliftonville West Suggested by local people that this should be developed as a garden with parking and small residential development.

2. Dalby Square Margate Cliftonville West Retention of green space with some development with improved road layout.

3. Land adjacent to Media Centre Margate Margate Central Potential residential or mixed use development.

4. Northdown House and depot, Cliftonville Margate Cliftonville East Residential conversion of the house, with possible ground floor retention for appropriate community use. Depot to become six cottages.

5. 45 Hawley Square, Margate Margate Margate Central Residential or commercial use.

6. 22 Cecil Square, Margate Margate Margate Central The Post Office will remain, with the upper floors converted for commercial or residential use.

7. Land at Barnes Avenue, Westbrook Margate Westbrook Will not involve significant built development. Any use will be community related.

8. Land at Knockholt Road, Cliftonville Margate Cliftonville East Could be used for additional garden space for adjacent properties

9. Albion House Ramsgate Eastcliff The majority of ground floor and basement retained for community use, building brought in line with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, with the upper floors converted for residential use.

10. Albion Place Car Park, Ramsgate Ramsgate Eastcliff Re-instating the early 19th century terrace for possible residential use.

11. Land at Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs Broadstairs Viking Possibility of building one property and extending the gardens for neighbouring properties.

12. Garage 3 Colemans Yard, Ramsgate Ramsgate Central Harbour Possible residential use.

13. Closed toilets Boundary Road Ramsgate Eastcliff Possible commercial use, maybe as a café.

14. Land at Greenfield Road Ramsgate Northwood Possible use for garden extensions.

15. Motor Museum, Westcliff Hall Ramsgate Central Harbour Possible commercial use.

16. Vere Road Car & Coach Park Broadstairs Bradstowe Improved coach parking, with some residential development.