Saturday, February 02, 2008

Subject to Repairs

There appears to be some concern in Ramsgate today over what appears to be the demolition of part of the marina café, described as "A charming listed building that withstood the great storms of 1897 and 1953,"

It's not a location I'm familiar with and I'm reluctant to pass comment without knowing exactly what's happening, other than Michael Child, who supplied the photo, telling me that "The building is subject to a Repairs Notice" and that as part of the restoration work and for safety reasons some of the structure had to comedown.

I'm sure local ward councillors will be taking an active interest in this restoration work but from the photo you might think it had been bombed!

I'm sure others will be able to shed more light on the subject.

13 comments:

Michael Child said...

Simon from what I have been able to find out it appears that Goody just went bananas and the council officers looked on in horrified amazement.

James said...

The architecture of this building was full of character and very interesting. It is a true shame to see that it has been demolished. I have a couple of fairly recent pictures which I shall post on flickr if anyone is interested.

Anonymous said...

Shame to lose such a nice building, it always stood out from the rest :-(

anon again! said...

anon again!
No Goody NO NO NO.... it was Arlington House that you were supposed go Banana's at!!!

If I was on the Council - they would REBUILD that house stone for stone, exactly how it was, but NEW ofcourse.

Cllr David Green said...

Yes, Simon, we are "on the case".
See http://eastclifframsgate.blogspot.com/

Mr Friday said...

I walked past it yesterday and the whole building had been levelled !

Michael Child said...

I have published a few photographs of the demolition, sorry silly me the heritage restoration work click here to see them. The efforts to enhance Ramsgate as a leisure tourist town, were incredible last week we lost the main sands car park started intensive heritage restoration work on one of the few remaining listed buildings behind the main sands apart from demolishing the Royal Victoria Pavilion I fail to see what further efforts could be made to enhance our standing among the other successful tourist destinations.

It is truly reminiscent of the councils sterling efforts to remove the wartime defences from the main sands and revitalise the town after the Second World War one again done at a time of considerable austerity.

As a businessman in the town I would like to vote a hearty round of applause to all of those involved in these fantastic efforts to prevent us all going bankrupt.

Anonymous said...

Always suspicious when work of this nature commences at a week-end. Has this demolition been sanctioned by TDC? What planning application has been approved and if so does what has happened comply?

Anonymous said...

Cllr David Green says 'We're on the case!' On his site on Friday he posted:

"Message from TDC Planning The building is subject to a Repairs Notice. It is listed. The owner started work on site this Monday; problems with the structure were reported yesterday. We have had a Building Control Officer and Chartered Surveyor [working for TDC] on site most of the day. This to make sure that the structure is safe, and that a fresh schedule of what the owner must do to repair is issued. There is no demolition project; this is restoration- and the owner is being left with no misunderstanding. For safety reasons some of the structure had to comedown. But I assure you it goes back as before."

Michael's pictures show 3/4 of the building being knocked down with a JCB. This is not work to make a building structurally safe but a demolition. I haven't been over there to see it but reports are in that the site has been levelled flat. What on earth IS REALLY GOING ON here?

Michael Child said...

Marina Esplanade had then three major Victorian buildings of historical and architectural importance the station, theatre and restaurant, to lose one building may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness but to lose all three.

Mitch said...

Well Michael they've all gone! Maybe the Royal Victoria Pavillion is next 'cos it's now surplus to requirements?

Michael Child said...

This is by way of an update on the situation, Thanet District Council have but an order on the building making further demolition illegal they have also instructed the structural engineer that they appointed not to order or sanction any further demolition.
I have published my correspondence with TDC about this matter in the internet, you can click here to read it

Mr Friday said...

Did anyone else see the TDC notice in the Extra this week inviting people to apply for grants to improve properties on Ramsgate seafront ?

Oh the irony of it all.