I'm delighted to hear that almost 2,000 Ramsgate residents have signed a petition opposing the selling off of the freehold of the Pleasurama site to developers SFP Ventures. This petition will be discussed by the Council on 18th April and I encourage as many people as possible to attend the meeting to hear the debate.
I have been campaigning against the Pleasurama development for almost a year now. I have concerns about the ability of the developers to raise the finance to complete the project. I have concerns about the due diligence carried out by Thanet Council into the developers which I think was wofefully inadequate. In my opinion, no matter how much or how often the deal with SFP is "adjusted", "tweaked" or "modified" it is destined to fail.
If Pleasurama looks and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck.
Unfortunately the vast majority of my colleague Thanet councillors from both political parties have failed to see the obvious. And instead of adopting a robust stance towards SFP they have back-tracked and kow-towed giving them one chance after another. Even then the developers have still failed miserably to deliver the goods. Surely there must come point in time when Councillors say enough is enough and agree to take decisive action.
Hopefully the petition, which is large by any standard, will spur Councillors who, until now, have buried their heads in the sand into developing plans to terminate the agreement with the developers. There is nothing quite like People Power, to concentrate the minds of politicians who fear losing their seats.
As the only Ramsgate Councillor to have consistently opposed the Pleasurama development I seek your support in the May 2 Kent County Council elections.
Vote Ian Driver Ramsgate's Independent Voice
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