RESIDENTS of a quaint seaside town say it is being ruined by a once-iconic attraction that has become a “heartbreaking” eyesore.
natives of Margate, kentsay something needs to be done about the Winter Gardens, which was once a popular music venue but is now derelict.
In its heyday, the Winter Gardens was home to some of the biggest names in entertainment, and by the ’60s, The Beatles were drawing huge crowds.
Today, however, it stands empty and boarded up, surrounded by badly rusted railings.
It finally closed last August, despite a community campaign to keep it open after major losses during the pandemic.
Narrated Guy William-Addington, resident of Margate KentOnline that it was “frankly heartbreaking” that the 123-year-old building ended up in its current state.
He said: “It would be great to have such a great addition to the community showing all sorts of great performances and events.”
“It’s known across the country — all kinds of famous people have used it.”
“It’s just really unfortunate that we won’t be seeing a return in the near future.”
Local musician Andy Sheridan added that the closure has left “a huge void” in the county’s music scene.
People now want the building to be repurposed to enable a sustainable reopening.
A spokesman for Thanet Borough Council said the agency is reviewing survey reports on the site to ensure its “long-term, viable future”.
They added: “The aim is to attract investment proposals from organizations that have the experience and expertise to make the venue a successful leisure activity for Thanet.”
“The agency needs to create a detailed marketing information package and launch a campaign to generate interest and suggestions from serious investors for the future use of the conservatories.”
It came after another group of residents slammed their newly built homes after paying £15,000 for a special fitting but ended up suffering a horrible eyesore.
Meanwhile, residents of a coastal town have been the subject of new construction complaints, claiming the ugly structures are ruining the area.