12 October, 2021

Have your say on proposed highway improvements in Ramsgate

Thanet District Council is looking for feedback on improvements to some roads (Harbour Parade, Albion Hill, Harbour Street and Madeira Walk) and pedestrian areas in Ramsgate.

The proposals will create a more welcoming space for pedestrians and reduce the dominance of cars in the area, as well as contribute to the wider regeneration of the town centre.

The proposed changes aim to increase the number of people who are visiting the harbour and seafront to also walk into the retail areas and town centre. 

The scheme will:

  • Enhance the pedestrian environment by creating additional crossing points and  improve crossings for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing the dominance of vehicles.
  • Reduce vehicle speeds approaching the seafront area.
  • Create a distinct look and feel for the area around the Royal Harbour, including changes to the road surfaces.

The proposed changes are the result of the council’s successful Future High Street Funding bid, which was submitted to the Government last year (2020). The Future High Street Fund is a programme to help rejuvenate the UK’s high streets and town centres.

Two public drop-in sessions will take place at The Customs House, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP on Wednesday 3 November (1pm-3pm) and Thursday 4 November (5pm-7pm) where people can find out more about the scheme, ask any questions and share their views.

Cllr Ash Ashbee, Leader of Thanet District Council, said:
“I am delighted that the first of our Future High Street Fund projects starts with this public consultation. It’s really important that our residents, specifically within Ramsgate, tell us what they think of the proposals so their views can be built into these plans.

“By improving the links between key areas of Ramsgate, and by creating a more inviting and welcoming environment to flow between them, is key to help aid the regeneration of the town. I look forward to residents sharing their views with us.”

The results from the consultation will be reported to the Thanet Joint Transportation Board (made up of Thanet District Council and Kent County Councillors) on Tuesday 14 December 2021. The detailed design work, including any feedback from the consultation, will then be progressed. Work to make the changes is planned for Autumn 2022 to avoid disruption to the area during the peak summer season. 

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