FoRS – Friends of Ramsgate Seafront

Our MP

Our Member of Parliament – Craig Mackinlay | South Thanet
My family was born in Kent, mother in Faversham, father in Gillingham. They always tell me that they came back from honeymoon in Bournemouth in 1957 with “ten shillings in their pocket” (50p in new money!).
My father ran a small chain of independent greengrocers across Gillingham for many years following National Service in Germany. It was in the shops that I had my grounding in business from as soon as I was able to walk. Later, my father started a fresh produce import company in Sittingbourne supplying to most major supermarkets.
I am married to Kati, a community pharmacist. We now live mainly in Ramsgate, close to the harbour, and have a growing puppy – Libby, a chocolate Labrador.

I am a keen sailor and a regular competitor at Ramsgate week. I have kept my ageing old boat at Ramsgate for some time.

I was a member of the Round Table organisation for 23 years and was Kent Area Chairman in 2007. When I had time, I thoroughly enjoyed amateur theatre, and played “Alfie” (role famously played by Michael Caine in the 1960s film) at Medway Little Theatre.

Ramsgate Royal Harbour at the heart of regeneration with improved leisure and commerce

I want to place Ramsgate at the heart of a regeneration project. I want to see it become the premier watersport and fishing centre in the South East of England. Read more about the ‘Regenerate Ramsgate‘ project launch with Boris Johnson.

We need more apprenticeships to make sure that young people can achieve all that they can in life

South Thanet has been a real success story for apprenticeships. I will make sure that we provide even more to make the link to employment for younger people.

I am opposed to high density over – development in Thanet, Sandwich and the villages

We need to protect our heritage and beautiful area from inappropriate housing
and over-development.