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 • It has been a rather lacklustre election campaign to date, so it was left to the blond mop head Boris Johnson to sprinkle a little political stardust on a trip to Kent this week. The …Read More »
Fancy relocating to Calais? It might not be your first choice, but few doubt that the Canterbury district has considerable change in store. Under mounting pressure from central government, our council is pledging to build thousands of new homes in the coming years. Surrounding towns in east Kent are under similar pressure. And don’t forget London, whose Mayor, Boris Johnson, …Read More »
CROSS-CHANNEL WORKING Cross-Channel commuting could hold the key to solving Canterbury’s housing problems, a French businessman claims. Thaddée Segard says increasing pressure to build thousands of homes in the district would be eased if Brits moved to Calais. Eurotunnel bosses have endorsed the idea and urged politicians to back the scheme. Property can be snapped up on the French side …Read More »
London’s population overspill could be absorbed by 115,000 new homes built in Canterbury, Medway, Dover and Thanet, Boris Johnson is being advised. This staggering figure, revealed in a report for the Mayor of London, would be on top of the new homes targets already set out in local plans. It has prompted a warning from Canterbury council’s chief executive that …Read More »
Overcrowding at London Bridge railway station resulted in “life threatening chaos” at rush hour, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has said. Passengers jumped over and crawled under ticket barriers on Tuesday night in an effort to avoid the crush on the concourse and platform in south London. Network Rail said services were delayed by someone being hit by …Read More »
• 1. In London, one sees drunks lying in the gutter with a bottle of cider, while in Canterbury you see drunks lying in the gutter with a bottle of Pimms. • 2. We have an MP nearby who is a Sir, Sir Roger Gale. London has Boris Johnson. • 3. London’s main shopping streets have high-priced shops like Harrods, …Read More »
Medway Council are ready for battle. CPRE Protect Kent are ready to grab the opportunity to point out that the Emperors of Aviation are naked, and (quite brilliantly) want to inject a little democracy into the process. Best of luck guys.
A fierce opponent of a Thames Estuary airport has vowed to fight all the way to the top as controversial plans take a step forward. Medway Council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers wants to work with the Towns' MPs to secure a crisis meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron or Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Cameron was set to announce preliminary backing for a huge airport potentially off the Kent coast - which would dwarf the size of Heathrow - earlier this month, according to a national newspaper.Read More »
Thames Estuary airport plans to be examined
The government is to hold a formal consultation on UK aviation - including controversial plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The study, to begin in March, will look at options for "maintaining the UK's aviation hub status".
Downing Street said no decisions had been made - London Mayor Boris Johnson backs the Thames airport idea. David Cameron has ruled out expanding Heathrow but his deputy Nick Clegg is said to be opposed to the estuary idea. Labour said the coalition was in a "complete mess" over aviation policy.Read More »
'Boris Island' airport plan grounded over Johnson's briefing to Telegraph
Downing Street told Boris Johnson on Wednesday that he had killed off any moves towards an airport in the Thames Estuary ahead of the next general election after an announcement by the London mayor was seized on by the Liberal Democrats.
The biggest airport in the world could be built on the on the Hoo Peninsula, according to reports. Plans for the four-runway airport, which could handle 150 million passengers a year, have been drawn up by leading architect Lord Foster.
The airport, which could cope with more than twice the amount of passengers who fly from Heathrow every year, has reportedly been described as "exciting" by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has been backing a different scheme for a Thames Estuary airport.Read More »