On 18th April The Society held a Hustings at RTYC in connection with the upcoming local elections due to take on 2nd May.
The event was well attended with over 60 local residents and 8 prospective candidates including Labour, Conservative, UKIP, The Green Party, and Thanet Independents in addition to 3 Independent candidates. Each candidate was allowed 3 minutes to set out the main points in their manifesto and this was followed by an informative and sometimes lively debate about what local residents felt should be done to make Ramsgate a better place to live, work and visit.
The question and answer session ran well over time indicating the many concerns residents have about what needs to be done. Over a dozen issues were raised from the floor but if I had to summarise the discussion I would say that there were 2 big issues. The first is that the cutbacks in central government grant to local authorities, which have been going on since 2010, have cut to the bone and are now threatening the viability of basic local authority services. The overall view was that these should be halted as soon as possible and adequate funding be made available for local authorities to provide the necessary services that local residents have a right to expect.
The collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world. There are several cafés and restaurants or if you prefer to take a picnic you may eat this in the gardens. Also included in the price is entry to 17th century Kew Palace, George III’s summer residence built in the Dutch style with gables.
Cost £38 per person.
Our flagship magazine - Ramsgate Matters - is created twice a year, printed and posted to members.
To fill the gaps and hopefully get news to you quicker than before, we've created the “R” Newsletter. It'll be produced six times a year but will only be available online from our website.
Our first edition is jam packed full of articles including:
You can download a copy below.