Ramsgate awarded Heritage Action Zone status

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Ramsgate has been named as a Heritage Action Zone(HAZ)  by Historic England following a successful bid from Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Coastal Community Team (RCCT).

The town features an array of historic sites, such as the Royal Harbour, Montefiore Estate and St Laurence Church. Funding and resources will be awarded to help breathe life back into its history.

Approval of the bid is made even more significant for Ramsgate as Heritage Action Zone status will cover whole town.

Support from Historic England is likely to come in the form of funding towards the appointment of specialist project officer. The appointed will co-ordinate a programme of activities to promote community and visitor understanding of Ramsgate’s rich historic environment. In addition, it is hoped the HAZ status will assist the council in being able to carry out urgent work to preserve vacant or partially occupied listed buildings in the town.

Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Coastal Community Team will now work closely with Historic England to plan its delivery and implementation of a number of these activities which will start to take shape in April 2017.

Ramsgate also recently reached the second stage of its bid to the Coastal Communities Fund for up to £1.7 million. Together with its HAZ status this could be the catalyst for further growth and regeneration in the town.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services, Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, said:

‘This is fantastic news for Ramsgate. I have no doubt that being classed as a Heritage Action Zone will further strengthen the economic and social regeneration we are starting to see in the town. Ramsgate’s rich maritime history should be celebrated, so I am particularly looking forward to seeing how this scheme will help to secure a sustainable future for our historic buildings that the community and visitors can enjoy.’

Jenny Dawes of Ramsgate Coastal Community Team, said:

‘We’re delighted that Historic England has recognised the potential Ramsgate has for regeneration using its historic fabric. We’re looking forward to working with them and Thanet District Council in partnership as the plans begin to come together in the coming months.’

  • Ramsgate has 456 entries in the National Heritage List for England

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