Friday, July 04, 2008

Something Fishy Down At The Museum?

Smoking kippers! I see today's Isle of Thanet Gazunder is reporting rumours that Ramsgate's Maritime Museum may become a fish market and fish restaurant. I wonder if my old culinary chum Rick Stein has seen the Cannes of Kent's potential at last? It would be a shame, though, if all the shenanigans that have gone on between our council and the East Kent Maritime Trust, who run the museum, were to deprive us of a spot of heritage. After all, the whiff of rotting buildings that the council have neglected already pervades Ramsgate. Why not let the fishy folk have a go at tarting them up first?

Meanwhile as you can see from my fabby new sidebar feed, Thanet Coast Life is running the story of the Cervia, the old steam tug next to the museum, which was in fact tarted up with public funds not so long ago but has since been allowed to fall into a most parlous condition. I first reported on the state of this once proud piece of maritime machinery back in October last year. Now you apparently can't even board her without doing a risk assessment first. Shameful.

Click here to read museum story in the Isle of Thanet Gazunder
Click here to read October's post on the Cervia
Click here to read the amazing history of the Cervia

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sums up tdc everywhere in thanet, the council has left too many assets to fall into decay. This was never a way forward if you want to promote tourism etc. What the public see is decay and runs down the area futher, and potential future income streams for the area are lost.

Anonymous said...

Long term loan from whom? What are the conditions regarding its maintenance then?

Anonymous said...

you could FOI TDC, but some rotter of a Cllr Will blame you for wasting millions doing it.

Now i wonder who is wasting millions...mmmm i know TDC and KCC?

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Eastcliff Richard said...

Rick, if I've told you once...

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Dick Rubbin said...

It was during the war when Superintendant Smiggins of the Yard commandeered HMS Cervix for a secret mission off Birchington Rifle range during which he was shot by a stray bullet from local Special Constables practicing in support of a Fenian uprising. The vessel was believed lost to the sea. Years later the Cervix turned up at Deal Barracks having torn through a space time rip in the universe. Its appearance was blamed on the IRA. Blah blah blah, you and your shit.....

Eastcliff Richard said...

Listen Rick, 1 x 1 line comment per post. You could just put a link to your the latest witterings on your blog if you like. Otherwise I'm going to have to send Fat Kev, my security consultant, round to have a word!