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November, 2015

  • 26 November

    The uncomfortable truth about aircraft tear-down

    QUESTION: Do you want to have aircraft at the very end of their airworthiness making their last ever flight over your kids’ school, your home, your town? FACT: RiverOak’s business plan states they will run a “tear down” operation at Manston – taking out the valuable parts for resale. FACT: These aircraft will be coming from any and every corner …

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  • 26 November

    Public support

    Four years ago today, our friends at No Night Flights held their first public meeting at Chatham House School. The hall seated 500. The seats were taken and people still kept coming in. They had to stand. That kind of puts into perspective, doesn’t it, the pitiful response that SMA and SuMA have had for every clarion call that has …

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  • 26 November

    Stone Hill Park consultation

    As you will know, the old airport site at Manston is now 80% owned by Discovery Park (Chris Cartner and Trevor Musgrave) who also own the old Pfizer site at Sandwich. They had some initial public consultations in the summer, and they will be running another couple of open events in the beginning of December. Go along, see what they …

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July, 2015

  • 22 July

    Herne Bay developments up in the air?

    So I “took one for the team” and spent the day at the Local Plan Public Inquiry at Herne Bay, a day I’ll never get back. I managed to elbow my way through the crowds (!) to get a front row seat, which turned out to be a shrewd move – the acoustics were appalling.           …

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  • 19 July

    Local Plan Inquiry – in Herne Bay for one day ONLY!

    Those of you have been following the development of the Local Plan will know that Herne Bay is in line to get royally screwed – the proposed housing will increase the size of our town by between a quarter and a third. In recognition of the potentially devastating impact this will have, the powers that be in Canterbury have kindly allowed …

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  • 17 July

    This week at the council

    Coming up at Canterbury City Council between Monday 20 and Sunday 26 July:   Committee meetings Tuesday 21 July – Licensing Sub Committee Tuesday 21 July – Planning Committee Wednesday 22 July – East Kent Services Committee Thursday 23 July – Full Council Thursday 23 July – Decision Review Committee   Planning applications A total of 32 new planning applications …

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  • 16 July

    OUTRAGE! A brief history of offensive cartoons

    OUTRAGE! A brief history of offensive cartoons Part Of The Third Annual Herne Bay Cartoon Festival Saturday 18th July until Sunday 16th August 2015 OPEN from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm At the Seaside Museum Herne Bay 12 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ ADMISSIONS: Adult £2 Concessions £1.60 Children under 16 free Adult annual pass £5 Concession annual pass £4

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  • 13 July

    This week at Canterbury City Council

    Coming up at Canterbury City Council between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 July: Committee meetings Policy and Resources Committee – Wednesday 15 July Planning applications A total of 36 new planning applications are now available to view. Lord Mayor’s diary Find out what the civic team is up to this week. Latest news Catch up on all the council news …

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  • 6 July

    Manston: testing times

    Some thought-provoking entertainment for you – your end of year examination paper, specialist subject: “The orchestration of mass delusion by public story-telling and aggressive fact avoidance, with reference to the “save” Manston Airport campaign in the year of RogerOak 2014-2015.” Instructions – please answer the questions below, referring to source documents and supporting evidence. What benefits would a cargo airport …

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June, 2015

  • 26 June

    Stone Hill Park – the new name for the Manston airport site

    Stone Hill Park is the new name for the Manston airport site. The project to develop a “mixed use” site at Stone Hill Park is being run by Chris Cartner and Trevor Musgrave, who have experience from similar developments at the old Pfizer site in Sandwich, and Wynyard Park, up North. They will be running a couple of public consultations …

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  • 25 June

    That PwC report. At last! So what?

    Well, what does a quick skip though the PwC report tell us? Er, well, it doesn’t tell us that RiverOak is a suitable indemnity partner. No siree! It tells us that (had they had infinite resources) TDC could have done a more structured, transparent job and spent more money on much more external advice. But it doesn’t say that they …

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  • 15 June

    What’s been happening, and where we are

    We’re conscious that there has been a period of silence from us recently so we’re sending out this update. Some of you will already know what follows, having attended an NNF meeting last Sunday where some of this was discussed. Apologies – it’s long and there are no jokes in it, but a lot is going on behind the scenes. …

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May, 2015

  • 29 May

    City centre traders protest levy with flyer in windows

    Retailers petitioning Government to scrap BID over extra charges MEASURES introduced last autumn that force Canterbury businesses to pay extra for street cleaning and city centre improvements continue to be contentious. Shopkeepers and business-owners across Canterbury are protesting against the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) by placing dissenting posters in their windows. Some traders are already being summoned by the …

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  • 20 May

    Living alongside a successful airport

    Most of us naturally feel proud of Thanet’s long association with aviation. Some want to keep it alive through a revival of commercial aviation at Manston, and others see an airport as a source of much-needed jobs. But before committing our future to aviation, we should think about what it would mean to us all if Manston became a commercially …

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  • 20 May

    CPO is a last resort, and we’re not even close

    It cannot be over-emphasised that the very idea of a CPO runs against the grain of centuries of British justice. One of the three clauses of the 1215 Magna Carta which are still on statute is Clause 39, the right to due process: “No free man shall be arrested, or imprisoned, or deprived of his property, or outlawed, or exiled, …

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  • 18 May

    Vattenfall’s sorry explanation

    Windfarm and Shivering Sands forts

    The man from Vattenfall didn’t sound pleased to hear from me at 4:30am this morning. But I was awake (guess why!) and it seemed like the right time to have a conversation with him about Vattenfall’s time-keeping and their disregard for residents. I had spoken to Melanie Rogers (07817 944 359), Vattenfall’s local Customer Relations person on Saturday night about …

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  • 17 May

    Windfarm noise affecting Whitstable and Herne Bay

    People in Herne Bay and Whitstable were forced to put up with noise nuisance this weekend. Put upon neighbours took to Twitter to complain about the noise, believed to have been caused by work on the wind farm extension off the east Kent coast. Swedish energy company Vattenfall has begun construction on 15 new turbines in its Kentish Flats wind farm. …

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  • 16 May

    Ipso upholds accuracy complaint against Herne Bay Gazette

    An apology and a clarification In the original version of this post, I described the Gazette’s response to the IPSO ruling as an “apology”. As the editor of the Gazette has pointed out to me, this was a mistake on my part. I should correctly have described it as a “clarification” – I am reliably informed that the distinction is …

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  • 6 May

    Ramsgate and Herne Bay – the sacrificial lambs

    Many residents are still blissfully unaware that Ramsgate and Herne Bay are facing an environmental catastrophe. When Manston airport was closed, an aggressive campaign group was set up to try to get it reopened. Most of the people running this campaign live in areas which are not affected by aircraft noise. The campaign group has been backed by prominent local politicians …

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  • 5 May

    Shameful secrecy, disgraceful conduct

    We’re pretty clear that the whole PwC thing, apparently OK’d by “Dave” Cameron, is a transparent attempt to keep any pro-Manston votes loyal until Farage and UKIP are safely defeated in North and South Thanet. Intrigued by the suggestion that it will take a leading accountancy firm two months to decide whether RiverOak had the dosh for a CPO, we …

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