In the last blog I wrote about the funding for this work and now want to inform the reader about how this and a further funding stream was found and the history behind why NOW.
Vattenfall (the windfarm people) gave a sum of £100K to TDC in 2009 which was to fund a project to "benefit the local community and environment". For whatever reason the members sat on the funds until now*1.
Now call me cynical if you like but until the Cabinet sat in September and made the decision to make use of the funding very little action had been taken on this pot of money, now suddenly the Cabinet decide to spend half the money renovating the Eastcliff and Winterstoke area just before an election in May.
The fact that the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront had been lobbying since the beginning of 2014 for work to be done at Winterstoke because TDC Parks & Gardens had done minimal work on the listed Pulhamite rocks and the listed Janet Stancomb-Wills memorial (summer palace) has been left to get ruined due to inaction over many years seems, until now, to have fallen on deaf ears.
Dave Steele has worked tirelessly on the overgrown, neglected shrubbery in an effort to reduce the Antisocial behaviour, Kandy Jones and the author have had numerous meetings with the Powers that Be all to no avail until suddenly an election looms and I wanted to ensure that the credit for the massive works and its funding are given to the right people.
Parks & Gardens have worked hard with an ever decreasing budget and local volunteers have done much to improve the area and on Valentines day 2015 FORS got a massive boost for the project when the defunct Eastcliff Residents Association (ERA) was officially wound up and their massive vote of confidence in the work of FORS by granting us the sum of £5400 to be spent on the Eastcliff. This money will allow the planting of Phase 1 at Winterstoke (1500 plants) and the funding for phase 2 to follow in due course.
Thanks to Morgan Harris & Paul Verrall TDC, Paul Warrick (ERA)(for the trust in FORS and the funding) Dave Steele & Kandy FORS and Tim Young (Landscape Architect).
Finally the funders Vattenfall (£40K for a local project), ERA (£5400 for planting), Commissioners Fund (£1000 initial seed money) and £300 for plants for a sensory garden from one local counciloor in Montifiore Ward.
Thursday, 11th September, 2014 7.00 pm