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TG Aviation set for mediation with Manston airport site owners

Comments (0) FLIGHT school TG Aviation will take part in mediation with the owners of the former Manston airport site today in a bid to regain use of the runway. The meeting in London today (Monday) will serve as an attempt to settle the dispute without the need for civil proceedings. TG Aviation failed in July last year to secure a …

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Dole numbers in Kent increase for second straight month in February, bucking the national trend

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased for the second consecutive month in Kent, once again bucking the national trend. Another 351 jobseekers joined the dole queue in February, taking the county’s total to 19,836 according to the Office for National Statistics. Canterbury was the worst performer, with 85 more people signing on last month, taking the city’s total …

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Pub Landlord too chubby for planned parachute jump

Pub Landlord photo by FUKP2 Avalon and Pete Dadds Comments (0) A PLANNED parachute jump in Kent by Pub Landlord Al Murray has been ditched – because he weighs too much. The South Thanet general election candidate was due to drop into Headcorn Aerodrome near Ashford tomorrow morning (Friday), before travelling to The New Inn in Sandwich to address constituents. But …

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East Kent hospitals chairman will net £50,000 for three…

A new chairman is being sought to lead East Kent Hospitals Trust, including Thanet’s QEQM Hospital Comments (0) The East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust is advertising for a new chairman to lead its board of directors. The trust which runs hospitals in Thanet, Dover, Folkestone, Ashford, Deal and Canterbury, has a turnover of approximately £520 million. The current chairman, Nicholas Wells, …

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County Hall U-turns an enlightening experience

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • If you can hear the sound of car gears crashing around County Hall, it is probably connected to the latest policy U-turn. After a reversal on plans to axe the number of community wardens comes …

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Herne Bay man Steven Banks in court on blackmail charge

The case is scheduled to be heard in June Comments (0) A Herne Bay man has appeared in court charged with blackmail. Steven Banks, 51, of Bentley Avenue, was alongside Selhurst Blades, 48, from Ashford, at Chelmsford Crown Court accused of making an unwarranted demand with menaces for money on February 6 last year from Mark Richardson. At an earlier magistrates’ …

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Jo Cleary performed life-saving CPR at Broomfield home when fiance Grahame Mitchell suffered heart attack

A woman has described the terrifying moment her fiance suffered a catastrophic heart attack – forcing her to perform emergency CPR to keep him alive. Quick-thinking Jo Cleary, 48, leapt to Grahame Mitchell’s aid as he collapsed to the kitchen floor as the couple were preparing lunch on Sunday. For several nail-biting minutes she battled to resuscitate Mr Mitchell while …

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March 20 9.31am: Solar Eclipse – best viewpoints in East Kent

Europe is set to experience its biggest solar eclipse in 15 years later this month, we thought we would create a list of some of the best spots you can watch it happen in East Kent. Experts have predicted that the moon will block the sun’s rays for almost two hours on the morning of Friday, March 20. The maximum eclipse, …

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Grandmother, 86, faces Christmas in a hospital bed after incident in Sainsbury’s car park in Kingsmead Road, Canterbury

An 86-year-old grandmother is facing Christmas in hospital after falling in a car park when a car horn startled her. Barbara Hanscomb suffered a broken hip after being alarmed by the thoughtless motorist as she loaded shopping into her car while parked in a disabled bay outside Sainsbury’s. He twice sounded his horn because her car door was open, preventing …

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Hospice closure backlash

Fears donations could drop after shock announcement of closure of Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury. Bosses at Canterbury’s Pilgrims Hospice are standing their ground over the planned closure of the 16-bed care unit despite a growing campaign to force them to change their minds. They claim the charity-run centre – which opened in 1982 – is “no longer fit for purpose” …

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