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‘Landmark’ public toilet on Broad Street in Canterbury to be auctioned off

An underground public toilet on a “landmark” city centre site is to go under the hammer – with a guide price of £50,000. Potential buyers are being told that the derelict lavatories – just yards from the historic city wall on Broad Street – are ripe for commercial redevelopment. The owner, the city council, even says proposals for the site …

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Developer offers lifeline of new home for football club

Canterbury City Football Club could see a long-awaited new stadium built after a developer stepped in with a lifeline. The club – without a base since 1999 – has been offered land in Hersden free of charge and could have a new all-weather pitch and stands constructed by 2018. But developer Persimmon Homes, which is already proposing 800 new houses …

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Vandals make amends at Herne Bay Infant School

[pullquote]”It is a positive outcome. We didn’t want to go down to the courts. This was their chance to make amends. We want to draw a final, positive line under it.”[/pullquote]Teenage vandals who rampaged through an infant school have come face to face with the head teacher to apologise for the mindless act. In August the HB Gazette reported how …

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Manston, elections, and money

Dennis Franklin is a regular contributor to the IoT Gazette letters page, and sent us this letter to publish in full, just in case the Gazette doesn’t… I know what follows is lengthy, but I am trying to make some important points about Manston, forthcoming elections, and the use of public money. Also, I feel there have been more pro …

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Manston closure: press coverage and video clips

Budget Day 2014 – a good day to bury bad news. Ann Gloag’s timing means that the clock stops ticking for Manston as an airport on 10th May Manston Manston’s website: Manston’s official press statement: “Following a meeting with staff at Manston Airport in Kent today, Wednesday 19th March, we can confirm we have commenced a process of consultation over …

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Council’s priorities aren’t secret – they’re confidential!

Definition of secret: not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. Definition of confidential: intended to be kept secret.  [Oxford Dictionaries online]  Who does Cllr Gilbey think he’s kidding?  Canterbury City Council is one of the most democratic local authorities in the country, claims leader John Gilbey. He hit out after the Kentish Gazette …

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Our Council’s secret priorities

Oh dear… the Council that represents us and works for us is refusing to tell us what they’re doing. It’s a kind of nanny-dictator state.  Canterbury City Council has produced a league table of its 71 service areas in order of importance, but is refusing to reveal how it has ranked them. The Gazette has learned that the Marlowe Theatre …

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Today’s the day!

It's the last day of the consultation on night flights, so if you haven't had your say yet - HURRY UP!

Click HERE to find out how it works, and how you can have your say.

Click HERE to see what others have already said.

Here's a snippet from the Isle of Thanet Gazette, followed by a short video from the talented Andrew Woodman...

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Elephant in the room: the biggest lies hide in plain sight

Charles Buchanan (Manston's CEO) recently published his night flights manifesto.

He had a page of his own in the Isle of Thanet Gazette to tell the world how important and wonderful night flights will be. He opened with:

"Firstly, I would like to make clear we are asking for limited, managed and mitigated night-time operations policy - not unlimited night flights."

Let's look a bit more closely at the last four words of that sentence, the ones that sound quite reassuring.

We all understand the word "not", so that's OK. And we all understand what Mr Buchanan means when he says "flight", so that's fine.

What about "night"?

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Night flights do not mean jobs, says report

Night flights from Manston Airport will not create the 3,000 jobs promised by operators Infratil, an independent report says. The final document, compiled by specialists Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, was submitted to the council’s Community Services Manager Madeline Homer on Thursday (19th Jan). As exclusively revealed by the IoT Gazette on Friday 20th Jan, the report cast doubt on the economic argument …

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