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Ramsgate’s ‘Heritage Action Zone’ receives boost

Nine of Ramsgate’s historic buildings have been listed as part of the seaside town’s ‘Heritage Action Zone’.

Ramsgate is one of 18 places to have been awarded Heritage Action Zone status by Historic England. The five-year project aims to help Ramsgate’s capitalise on its rich heritage and make it more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

Nine of Ramsgate’s historic gems – from a 1950s Festival of Britain fountain to an octagonal seafront newspaper kiosk and a former 19th century wine merchants – have been granted listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Ramsgate, once a small fishing village, has a wonderfully rich and interesting maritime and seaside resort history that is woven into its buildings, streets and squares.

‘We’re delighted to have been able to uncover and shine a light on these places through the work with our Heritage Action Zone partners.’

Ramsgate is hoping to buck the trend of ailing seaside towns, but last month a group of peers warned that many seaside towns and coastal communities are in desperate need of urgent improvements.

The lords found poor-quality housing is a significant problem for many seaside towns and many feel ‘left behind’ by national strategies aimed at increasing economic growth and productivity.

Cllr Ash Ashbee, deputy leader, Thanet District Council, said: ‘Historic England research, as part of the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone has really helped us to highlight the significance of Ramsgate’s rich heritage.

‘This, alongside the training of local volunteers is beginning to make a real positive impact on the local community.

NewStart recently reported from Margate, which is less than five miles from Ramsgate, and found that many residents were feeling priced out of regeneration there.

Photo credit – Historic England

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