The Pleasurama Working Group got off to a good start last night. Members of the group agreed to look at the due diligence processes carried out by the Council into site developers SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd. They will also be looking carefully at the existing development agreement with SFP and almost certainly taking independent legal advice about how the Council can best manage current and future non-performance by SFP. The group will also be considering alternative uses for the site should the happy day ever come when, or if, the Council decides to boot SFP off the site for breach of agreement!
The group agreed that it will be inviting local organisations such as the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS) to give evidence about the development. Members of the group also agreed a long list of background documents they wished to see before they meet again in August.
My impression is that the group means business and will give serious thought to how this decade long disaster can be resolved. In my opinion the only resolution is sacking SFP as the developers and having a proper consultation with the people of Ramsgate about what they would like to see on this stretch of prime seafront land. Perhaps a community focused space that will benefit local people and visitors alike?
|PEOPLE POWER - KEEP UP THE PRESSURE|
But don't forget that all of the Labour councillors on the working group are the same councillors who less than year ago voted to prevent Thanet Council from debating Pleasurama at all. The only difference now is that they are frightened of losing their seats in 2015 and want to be seen to doing something in response to the public outcry against Pleasurama. So although the meeting was a great start to what is likely to be a long job, it's important for Ramsgate people to keep the pressure on these councillors, otherwise they are likely to revert to type.
I will produce a regular commentary on meetings of the working group so that you are kept in the picture