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Ukip councillors demand Newington Road pool car park is reopened

By katejb  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

DEMAND: Ukip councillors Martyn Heale and Trevor Shonk

DEMAND: Ukip councillors Martyn Heale and Trevor Shonk want the car park reopened

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UKIP county councillors for Ramsgate are demanding that Thanet council restores the use of the Newington Road car park back to residents.

Martyn Heale and Trevor Shonk say they are “dismayed” that TDC has put concrete blocks across the entrance leaving a gap only big enough for one car entry/exit.

The pool closed this month following the opening of a new one at Ramsgate sports centre.

The car park is used by residents, patients at the Newington road clinic and parents of children at St Laurence Junior School and Small Haven School.

Mr Heale said: “We are dismayed that Thanet District Council find it necessary to impede the parking facility that has been available to local groups for decades at the Ramsgate Swimming Pool site by placing unsightly concrete blocks across the entrance, causing single vehicle entry/exit which will cause chaos in Newington Road at busy times.”

The site, owned by TDC, is earmarked for sale to Kent Fire and Rescue to rehouse Ramsgate’s fire crews.The fire service has been searching for a base as it has been in the Effingham Street station for more than a century.

A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

Mr Shonk said: “ While the future of the site is determined by TDC and KMFRA these community groups should have access to the facility. KMFRA has said that they will conduct a public consultation over the site, so why disadvantage these community groups until a viable alternative has been found? What we do not want is the eye-watering security costs and ongoing waste of council tax payers money as with the old Newington Infants School site in the nearby Princess Margaret Avenue.”

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  • VirtualCEO1  |  September 04 2013, 2:28PM

    I park there all the time and it's never been closed when I've been there. A load of tosh about nothing. Why don't UKIP fix something serious. That's what we're paying them for.

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  • alanpoole  |  September 04 2013, 9:10AM

    The former swimming pool site has been temporarily closed to allow soil samples to be taken and will reopen once this has been completed. The site was closed on health & safety grounds as diggers and cars don't mix too well. TDC, as the owners of the site, are by law obliged to make the site and buildings safe and are currently progressing this. The current proposal is for the site to be sold to the Fire Service for a new fire station which will be sold subject to planning approval being obtained. TDC are currently looking for ways to provide parking for park users. Cllr Alan Poole .

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  • Manstoner  |  August 30 2013, 4:40PM

    I had one of the aggressive notes to get out of the car park left on my windscreen. Is this relevant: Quoting Peter Landi, Member of the Ramsgate Society; "This site is part of the Warre Recreation Ground. The Indenture for this land (Whitfield Number R/U744/T366) dated 8th January 1900, shows the land bequeathed to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Ramsgate for a term of one thousand years. The Indenture states firmly that the land can only be used for recreation purposes to promote the "health, amusement and enjoyment of the inhabitants of the said Borough". It is my understanding the swimming pool was allowed as it fell into the category of health etc as stipulated in the indenture. When did TDC acquire the rights to override that?

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