Council gives Military Arches a new lease of life

You may have noticed some new improvements to the arches on Ramsgate’s Military Road. These are the result of Thanet District Council’s Yacht Valley project.

The council is one in ten partners involved in this project, based all over Europe and is match-funded by INTERREG (Inter Regional), an initiative that aims to stimulate cooperation between regions in the European Union, financed under the European Development Fund.

The Yacht Valley project is based at Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour, a very popular marina and tourist destination. There are three main project objectives, which should be complete by mid 2014:

  1. Refurbishment of the Military Road Arches. This included upgrading existing arches by providing new services and improvements in drainage. It also brought back into use a number of vacant and unlettable arch spaces and expanding on Ramsgate’s ‘cafe culture’.
  2. Create a feasibility study of options for the restoration, conservation and future use of the Smeaton Dry Dock.
  3. Create a feasibility study of options for providing a fully serviced Yacht Servicing Facility within the Royal Harbour Marina.

Cllr. Alan Poole, Cabinet member for Operational Services said: “Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour was the ideal choice for this project. These improvements will attract and provide space for new businesses, which will in turn improve local services, create new jobs and continue to improve the local economy.

Councillor Poole continued, “The area will be greatly improved for residents, businesses and visitors, creating a pleasant atmosphere, improved facilities and a lovely area to relax and enjoy the surroundings of our wonderful and picturesque Royal Harbour.”

The arches currently have a mix of marine related businesses as well as some food establishments and even a gallery If you are interested in renting one of the newly refurbished arches on Military Road, please contact Property Services on 01843 577053 or email or for more information visit Preferences will be given to marine related businesses.


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