A big, ECR shout out to reader Caroline who spotted Ramsgate on the BBC's Homes Under The Hammer today. Caroline must be a fellow welfare sponger (although perhaps not with the political axe to grind) as HUTH is a morning show primarily watched by the kind of people who might be fragile enough at that early hour to take its title literally, given a probable diet consisting solely of cheese sarnies, disco biscuits and White Lightning. In fact, judging by the state of the property featured, it could well have already suffered that fate!
Anyhoo, back to the show. Presenter Martin kicked off the Ramsgate segment with an upbeat monologue: 'There's a real positive feeling about the stuff that's been going on here. There's a new high speed rail link into London and a lot of property refurbishment going on.' That's the spirit, Martin! Once inside the house in Richmond Road, however, he ascertained that all the floors had collapsed and the entire house was in imminent danger of falling down. Hmm, more than a spot of refurbishment required there, methinks. Auctioneers Clive Emson eventually, er, knocked it down to a London developer for £142,000, who then discovered Thanet Council had condemned it. But not to worry, a man from TDC eventually came along and offered him a £75,000 interest free loan. Result!
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