As part of The Green Port element of the Levelling Up Fund, the original bid included refurbishment of existing Post Infrastructure. The plans include:
- Investing in the Port is the quickest way to support an increase in employment for Ramsgate, 39% of survey respondents selected ‘investment to support the regeneration of the Port of Ramsgate’ as their first choice priority.
- Site clearance and remediation and dockside infrastructure.
- Create clear zones within the port area, identifying each zone’s current use or the potential for new usage.
Cabinet members considered a report at their meeting on Thursday 2 March 2023 setting out options for future delivery at the Port of Ramsgate. The report recommended that the council commence a procurement exercise, calling for expressions of interest in establishing a commercial port operator at the Port of Ramsgate.
The report considered by cabinet was informed by a specialist external consultancy team from the company Infrata. The report outlines market opportunities and describes recent work undertaken to develop options for the port’s future. The cabinet report included a summary of the work undertaken by Infrata at Annex 3.
A more detailed report by Infrata was produced to inform the Annex 3 summary report.
Pascall + Watson have been appointed to develop options for the project at Port of Ramsgate. The aim with the initial Levelling Up Fund investment will be to reopen the port for cargo transportation. Any expansion to port operations would be considered by Thanet District Council and the port operator at a later stage. The port will operate within the site boundary indicated below with entry and exit via the roundabout on Military road. The cargo will enter and leave the port via the existing dedicated tunnel and will not enter the town.