by Isle of Thanet Gazunder News Editor April Furst
Thanet Council has launched an ambitious, multi-billion pound plan to get the island back on its feet. Speaking at the launch of the new scheme, which the council has dubbed Plan it! Thanet!, Tory Leader Sandy Beach said: 'We've really pulled the rug out from under the noses of our critics this time. Plan it! Thanet! is winning praise from all sides of the political plectrum.'
The scheme, which the council hopes will be completed by 2010, includes:
£100m indoor beach and pool on Margate's derelict Dreamland site
£50m state-of-the-art aquarium on Margate's derelict Lido site
£20m refurbishment of Margate's run-down Winter Gardens
£50m Imax cinema at Ramsgate's derelict West Cliff Hall site
£50m ice rink at Ramsgate's run-down Royal Pavilion
£40m to revamp Ramsgate's run-down seafront
£120m state-of-the-art fencing around the entire island
Plan it! Thanet! also proposes the purchase of several Turner paintings to hang in Margate's proposed £25m Turner Contemporary gallery and a brand new, 1000 foot landmark replacement for Arlington House to rival London's 'Gherkin', which will house Thanet Council staff. £5bn is also earmarked to relocate Manston Airport to the Goodwin Sands.
Internationally acclaimed celebrity blogger Richard Eastcliff, a long term critic of the council, told the Gazunder: 'I'm gobsmacked. It's like all my birthdays and Christmases have come at once!' Sounding a note of caution, he added: 'Are you sure this isn't some kind of sick, April Fool's joke?'