Fort Hill Hotel occupies one of the most prominent spots above Margate Harbour
and all TDC can come up with is demolish and build new social housing and that
smacks of lack of imagination
Sign the petion and tell TDC that you want better.
Please don't demolish the historic seafront Fort Road Hotel in Margate and replace
with social housing flats. Please continue to pursue your previous stated aim of seeking
to restore the building as a hotel.
Why is this important?
It's important because according to your own report in 2011:'The Fort Road Hotel (previously
the Fort Castle Public House) is one of the last surviving buildings in– the area today that the
artist JMW Turner would recognise. Turner spent fifteen years ‘weekending’ in Margate with
Sophia Booth (whose house was opposite) and, as a noted drinker, it seems inconceivable
that he did not visit the establishment.
The hotel also benefits from a fantastic position, facing the sea, overlooking (and overlooked
by) the gallery. The two buildings sharen the same privileged view of Margate’s sunsets, that
Turner declared “the loveliest in Europe”. These associations with Turner (historically with the
artist and now with the gallery) give the Fort Road Hotel potentially iconic status.
Furthermore, the building is well situated on the main coastal route in and out of Margate,
within close proximity of the harbour area; the Old Town; and Margate High Street.'
The hotel is in a prime seafront location. It's one of Margate's oldest historic hotel buildings.
This building restored as a hotel will create badly needed jobs in a deprived area and be a
place to be proud of with a great history for visitors to enjoy.This building restored as a hotel will create badly needed jobs
in a deprived area and be a place to be proud of with a great history for visitors to enjoy.