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The Ramsgate Society announces the Civic Champion recipients list for those who will receive awards at a ceremony on the 22nd June 2019 at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate. This coincides with National Civic Day.
"Every alternate year The Ramsgate Society try to show their appreciation for what these very special people do by awarding a number of Civic Champion Awards in recognition of their dedication. This year the committee chose six people the Ramsgate Society would like to honour and these awards will presented by the Mayor of Ramsgate, Raushan Ara."
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.