High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
Ramsgate has an array of beautiful historic buildings, and an engaged and vibrant community which is deserving of a High Street that better suits its needs. There is also significant potential to attract more visitors so that the local economy here benefits.
At the centre of Ramsgate's High Street is the cross roads marking an ancient route linking the harbour to the Saxon Church of St Lawrence. To the south, Harbour Street's fine Georgian and Victorian buildings create an attractive and intimate street scene, and pleasant and enticing views down to the harbour beyond. To the north, Lower High Street is the town's main shopping stretch which is home to quality historic buildings with interesting facades and architectural details.
The High Street Heritage Action Zone sits within a conservation area that is deemed 'at risk' because the buildings here have suffered from alterations that have diminished their historic character. The area is also suffering from vacant shops, a lack of retail diversity and a housing shortage.
The scheme will seek to rescue and transform some of the historic buildings here, make improvements to the High Street and re-purpose empty buildings for creative and community use so that local businesses and people benefit.
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