What a lovely idea....... have you considered the economics?
1) Buy the Lease from the existing Leaseholder
2) Redevelop the area to remove Asbestos and other hazards
3) Find £500,000 to reinstate and repair slippage equipment
4) Employ tutors and staff
5) Wait with bated breath to see how many takers there are
FIND THE FUNDING AND LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN....
It is a fact that the Slipways (2,3 & 4) have been used for 30 days out of the last 450 at an average slippage charge of £100 per day. Revenue totalling less than £3500.
Rent & Rates alone are £27,000 per annum so how on earth do you see this being viable without a huge commitment of Public Funds?
The Ramsgate Society should properly engage with the Developers over the plans for the site. I regularly discuss the matter with them and they are happy to consider all suggestions. At the moment they are looking into the reinstatement of many features long ago lost such as the ornate railings around the entire pier yard.
Over time things DO change, I am sure that in the war the fisherman were not too impressed at having three new slipways 'Jerry-built' next to the main one. At that time there was a clear NEED for them. Unfortunately nowadays there is barely enough work for slipway 1 alone.
If anyone from the Society wants to discuss the site and the forthcoming heavily revised planning application I am sure the developers would appreciate the constructive input. Contact me on jondahms[*AT*]gmail.com
(exchange the [*AT*] for @) and I will try to arrange something.