Dive deep into the history of Ramsgate with Ramsgate Reflections

We're all about building pride in our town and starting next weekend, there a series of free talks all about the vibrant history of Ramsgate.

Take a look at the programme and check out the full list of activities

Sat 22 July

Habour Saga: Brian Daubney tells the story of our harbour as an after lunch entertainment

Every Picture Tells a Story: Michael Blaker RE takes us on an illustrated talk of a lifetime of etching and painting.

Mon 24 July

The Clifftop Amazon: Laura Probert’s fond tribute to Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills: our first lady mayor and mostgenerous benefactress.

Tue 25 July

Ramsgate, Landscape andRamsgate, Landscape and People: Archaeologist Ges Moody explores three centuries of Ramsgate’s geology, archaeology and history

Wed 26 July

History of Ramsgate’s Lifeboats: John Ray reveals the history of lifeboating at Ramsgate since1802 with emphasis on key eventsand rescues.

Thurs 27 July

Pugin, Ramsgate and the Sea: Catriona Blaker will relate Pugin’s love and knowledge of the sea to his life in Ramsgate.

Fri 28 July

Ramsgate 1817 to 2017: Ups, DownsRamsgate 1817 to 2017: Ups, Downsand Whatever Next?: Terry & Janet Prue take the long view of Ramsgate’s popularity and relate it to prospectsfor prosperity in the future.

Sat 29 July

Location Ramsgate: Danny Nissim and Stephen Davies take you back o the town as it was, thanks to some nearly forgotten feature films.

Sun 30 July

The #Rooswijk1740 Project: Marine archaeologist Daniel Pascoe will update us on the ongoing excavation of this Dutch East India ship that sank on the Goodwin Sands in1740.



If you have not already responded to RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) about their plans to redevelop and reopen the airport as a hub for international air freight then you have until Sunday 23 July to do so.

We are urging everyone to consider carefully the impact of the proposed airport use, in particular the scale of the undertaking in terms of forecast cargo flight movements on our town and surrounding countryside, in making their responses. The Executive Committee is preparing a detailed and critical assessment of the proposals which will be placed on the website shortly.

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RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) are seeking a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Government to redevelop and reopen the airport as a hub for international air freight and to acquire the site compulsory from the current owners Stone Hill Park.

A consultation on their plans commences this week lasting until 23 July. it is vital that all members make a response if the future of our town is to be safeguarded.

The main features of RSP’s proposals are for a major international centre for air freight capable of handling a minimum of 10,000 air freight Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) per annum. This equates roughly to 28 flights per day.

The long term aspiration is to increase the number of flights to around 17,000 ATM’s per annum equivalent to around 50 flights per day. This compares with just over 500 ATM’S per annum in the airports last year of operation (ie around 2 flights per day) and demonstrates the scale of the operation proposed: a potential 34 fold increase in aircraft movements every day of the year.

We have responded to the latest Thenet parkway Consultation. Here is a summary of our response:

Q6: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the proposed look of the station and car park?

Strongly disagree. We are very concerned that the siting and massing of the station structure pays little or no regard to its rural setting and in particular to its proximity to the nearby St Augustine’s  Cross.

The design is utilitarian and the proposed lift/stairway towers highly obtrusive on the local landscape.  We would prefer a lighter and more modern glass design throughout and hope to see a marked improvement in both concept  and materials proposed at the planning application stage. 

So far no attention has been given to landscaping and here we very much support the views of Lewis White who has been in communication with your team about the need for a properly considered and detailed landscaping plan as part of the overall plan for the complex-- not just green wallpaper!  The need for such a plan is critical when consideration is given to the car parking and road access arrangements  given the extent of the land required to adequately serve the station.

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