Sunday 9 June 2013
In the Beginning
In their wisdom Thanet District Council decided in late 2002 to market the former Pleasurama site.
They had just succeeded in wresting back the site from the late Jimmy Godden after a contentious Court battle and now had the chance to do something for the people of Ramsgate.
What they then proceeded to do next is so serious it could almost be funny if it was happening to another Council.
In 2002 they released a document called snappily “The Ramsgate Renaissance Commercial Development Opportunity”.
This was a well written plan for the revival of Ramsgate Main Sands which they then proceeded to completely ignore in the choosing of their preferred partner to develop Pleasurama.
This chosen partner was SFP Venture Partners (alleged to be registered in the British Virgin Islands) and headed by the mysterious Shaun Patrick Keegan.
What do we know about this alleged developer SFP Ventures (UK) LTD?
Firstly, according to an email from the TDC’s legal adviser, they hold no relevant detail. In other words absolutely nothing useful should they need to take the site back.
No useful information beyond their current shell company’s registered address, currently their accountant’s offices in Billericay, ESSEX. On their headed notepaper they also use the address BROOKE PARK, HEATH ROAD, LOWESTOFT, SUFFOLK, NR33 9LZ the site office of which confirmed all their mail is forwarded on by the office manager.
So nothing useful there!!!
What about Shaun Patrick KEEGAN himself?
No passport or driving licence details proving he is actually Shaun Keegan?
No Utility bill or similar showing where he lives? (Essential if TDC take the legal route)
So we have a mysterious developer who doesn’t seem to live anywhere? And what about any business dealings he has been involved in? More later!!!
What Ramsgate residents want to know is:
Why this Plan?
Why this Developer?
What happens when you finally see sense and try to get this site back?