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Fresh call for investment to restore Ramsgate Royal Harbour ‘to its former glory’

PUBLISHED: 12:13 31 October 2017

Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Ramsgate Royal Harbour

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South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay made the case for a cash boost in the House of Commons

The government is being urged to invest in a project to restore Ramsgate Royal Harbour “to its former glory”.

The harbour has a rich history, with its royal status being granted in 1821 by King George IV, before acting as a key military port during the Napoleonic Wars and for ‘little ships’ during Operation Dynamo in the Second World War.

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay made the case for a cash boost to communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid in the House of Commons this week.

“The Coastal Communities Fund helps attract more visitors to our coastal communities so they may thrive,” he said.

“Will [Mr Javid] promise to consider very carefully any future bid to the fund to restore the front of Ramsgate Royal Harbour, the only royal harbour in the country, to its former glory?”

The minister replied: “The £2.5m already allocated to his constituency will help South Thanet thrive and will help attract more visitors certainly, and I commend him on the work he’s done to secure that funding already.

“I know he’s a very passionate advocate of Royal Ramsgate Harbour and I know he’s got a meeting with the local growth minister [Jake Berry] coming up where he can discuss his plans.”

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