Recent Posts

May, 2015

  • 3 May

    WTF – Who’s Tony Freudmann?

    Whenever we think about this whole Manston pantomime, we keep coming back to the oddness of a US real estate investment firm, specialising in blocks of flats and student accommodation, suddenly taking it into its head that what it wants to do most in the world is get hold of a failed UK airport and develop a cargo hub on …

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  • 2 May

    Alabama Rot: new threat to pets

    Dog owners are being warned to watch out for a deadly new canine disease sweeping through the country. Alabama Rot is a disease that originated in American greyhounds, but has made the crossing to the UK in recent months. While it can be treated if caught early by a vet, the disease can be fatal. The first signs of Alabama Rot …

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  • 2 May

    Manston bullseye

    Ed Targett is the Green Party’s candidate for Thanet North. This article comes from his excellent blog.   Watching the monumental mess surrounding Manston Airport has been sad and I haven’t commented on it thus far. I probably should. My position is simple and no doubt deeply unpopular. I think the very idea of a compulsory purchase order by Thanet …

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  • 2 May

    CPO – Couldn’t Possibly Occur

    We have watched with interest the unedifying spectacle of politicians falling over themselves to be the biggest, bestest, shiniest hope for “saving” Manston. Of course, had they really given a monkey’s about the airport rather than just pre-election vote-catching, they would have had a better chance of “saving” this commercial crock had they encouraged their legions of supporters to use the …

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  • 2 May

    So we meet again, Southeastern tells commuters

    Thousands of commuters shrugged off yesterday’s vicious pummeling by the train company and turned up at their local stations this morning, bloodied but unbowed, hoping to somehow get to work. Southeastern’s chief executive said: “So we meet again. I have to hand it to you, you’ve got guts. There are even times when I wonder what it would be like if …

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  • 2 May

    Stone-throwing yobs in Herne Bay

    A toddler was hit in the eye by stone-throwing yobs who are “driving tourists away” from Herne Bay seafront. The three-year-old was hurt in one of three incidents witnessed by a town councillor in as many weeks. Also targeted by the unruly teenagers were a coach-load of French students and a pensioner. Cllr Andrew Cook (Con) says he has seen people being …

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  • 1 May

    May 5-7: MOD Shoeburyness – Forthcoming Activity Alert

    Dear Resident, Detailed below is advance notification of activities which may be noticed in your neighbourhood. All of the limitations and stipulations outlined below apply. Follow us on Twitter @SHB_Alerts for updates to this information. Date Reason for Notification 5 May 2015 Explosions may be noticed. 6 & 7 May 2015 Gunfire may be noticed earlier than usual, 08:30. Note: …

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  • 1 May

    Government not interested in Manston

    You see, Sir Roger is convinced that the old airport at Manston was a national asset. Grant Shapps agrees. So does the Roads Minister, John Hayes. Apparently, our glorious leader, “Dave” Cameron, takes valuable time out from fighting for his political future to “back” (solely with the power of thought, we assume) the closed airport. It’s odd, isn’t it, that …

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  • 1 May

    Manston does NOT have to be an airport

    This planning lark! The airport pressure groups like to tell everyone that Cartner & Musgrave’s Manston site is an airport, has always been an airport, and can only ever be an airport. Well, that’s not strictly true, is it? Here are some facts. The old Thanet Local Plan ran out of life years ago. TDC then applied to the Secretary of State …

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April, 2015

  • 30 April

    Vegetarian Nosh

    Canterbury district is famous for its huge range of great restaurants, cafes and eateries, to suit every taste. This is certainly true for vegetarians and vegans, who are spoiled for choice in the area, even amongst the bistros of Canterbury, and the seafood restaurants of Whitstable. Here are our picks for some of the best restaurants to visit if you’re …

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  • 30 April

    Manston airport owners reveal images of masterplan

    The owners of the former Manston airport have released the first images of what they want the site to look like in the future. Two concepts for the area have been revealed, each with residential areas, commercial space and parkland. The designs have been drawn up based on the redevelopment of European airports like Flugfield Boblingen in Stuttgart, Tempelhof Airport in …

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  • 30 April

    Manston airport didn’t work, and neither will RiverOak’s plan

    Out of the mouth of a former airport employee comes a word about the airport’s viability. Or, rather, a word about its non-viability. Read on for lots of lovely facts. As part of the redundancy consultation carried out between March and May 2014, the management team presented employees with the expected running costs for 2014-2015. With revenues of just £2.78m …

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  • 29 April

    Manston isn’t on everyone’s radar

    Manston Airport, CPO, Manston Airport, CPO, Manston Airport … if you only read the stuff churned out by the airport enthusiasts, you would think that this is THE key issue facing the country for the next five years. Indeed, the plane lovers are telling their supporters how to vote, purely on the basis of each candidate’s declared (or guessed) support …

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  • 29 April

    Great unanswered questions – No. 1 in an occasional series

    If the old airport at Manston is a “national asset”, and if the Conservative Government really, really wants to “save” it, then why, when the owners went to see the Minister for Aviation last year to warn him that they were going to close it, did he and his Government do nothing while it was still operational? Absolutely nothing. Nada. …

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  • 29 April

    RiverOak – a fish out of water

    There’s been a lot of nonsense talked about RiverOak, with some airport lobbyists flogging the idea that RiverOak has hundreds of millions of pounds of cash at its disposal to fund the acquisition by CPO of the old airport at Manston. There’s also been a lot of tosh talked about RiverOak suggesting that they own/run Alliance Fort Worth airport. In …

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  • 29 April

    Seafront Spa plans re-submitted

    Plans for a new health spa hotel on Herne Bay seafront have been resubmitted to council officers. The proposals at East Cliff Parade, near the Kings Hall, are for a luxury retreat with facilities for slimming, weight loss and detox. But last summer residents reacted to the proposals with fury, believing it would ruin the sea views in Canterbury Road …

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  • 28 April

    Land Rover sales boost turnover at Barretts Group in Canterbury and Ashford

    Strong sales of Land Rover vehicles boosted turnover at family-owned car retailer which has been trading for more than a century. Barretts Group, which has dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford, saw turnover increase by 10.1% last year to £155.5 million up, from £141.2 million. Managing director Paul Barrett, the fourth-generation of his family to run the firm, hailed the performance of …

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  • 27 April

    Ann Gloag named on Sunday Times Rich List 2015

    Businesswoman Ann Gloag, who closed Manston airport last May has been named on the Sunday Times Rich List. In 2015 list, published yesterday, Mrs Gloag, who retains a minority stake in the Manston site, was said to share a £1.04 billion fortune with her brother Sir Brian Souter. The pair founded transport empire Stagecoach in 1980, which now controls 16 per …

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  • 27 April

    Herne Bay woman Sonya McCulla said she had planted bombs

    A middle-age woman posed as a terrorist and sparked full scale bomb alerts after claiming to have planted bombs in Canterbury. Sonya McCulla, 51, stole a mobile phone from a train and then used it to phone in the threats. She told police and fire services that devices had been planted at Canterbury Cathedral, the council offices, the rail stations, and …

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  • 27 April

    Barton Court is dropping the International Baccalaureate

    Barton Court has ditched its International Baccalaureate programme for money reasons caused by a declining uptake. In a letter to parents before the Easter holiday, the grammar in Longport told them the programme ran at “a significant financial loss to the school”. Since introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2007, the number of pupils wishing to take it has steadily …

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