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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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Thanet gets a new chief executive

Thanet district councillors are expected to formally appoint the authority’s new Chief Executive on Thursday. Members are being asked to back the existing acting chief executive Madeline Homer to take the position, which also includes the Head of paid Service role.   Ms Homer has been acting chief since last June, taking over from Dr Sue McGonigal who was on …

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Sir Roger has high hopes for Conservative majority

With just three weeks until polling day, candidates will be working hard to try to secure your vote on May 7. This week Conservative incumbent Sir Roger Gale met reporter Aidan Barlow at the Central Bandstand in Herne Bay to discuss the issues at stake in this election. ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Sir Roger Gale has been the Member of Parliament …

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Manston loses search and rescue

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs Plans to base search and rescue helicopters at Manston have been scrapped after the airport’s closure. The Kent airfield was announced in 2013 as one of 10 UK bases for the helicopters when private company Bristow takes over the service in July. But a letter from transport minister John …

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Transport Minister John Hayes visits isle for Manston airport…

Transport Minister John Hayes (right) with Tory South Thanet PPC Craig Mackinlay at Manston Comments (0) TRANSPORT Minister John Hayes visited Thanet today to discuss the future of the Manston airport site. Mr Hayes held what he described as a: “very positive” meeting with Thanet council leader Iris Johnston and acting chief executive Madeline Homer this morning (Thursday). The minister revealed the …

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Transport Select Committee – public hearing

We submitted our written evidence to the committee in October 2014. On February 2nd, we went along to Portcullis House (just across the road from the Houses of Parliament), to do our bit. For you. Here you can watch the committee in action. We start with: Pauline Bradley (Director, Manston Skyport Limited) Alastair Welch (Interim Director, Kent Airport Limited) Alan Mackinnon …

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Council boss away amid homes probe

A Kent council boss is on leave of absence as an investigation takes place over claims about a planning application. Dr Sue McGonigal, chief executive of Thanet District Council, is away from her desk while an inquiry gets under way into the claims. They focus on plans to build several hundred homes at a business park, a proposal that came …

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Compulsory purchase order option for airport

A REPORT has been ordered into the possibility of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Manston airport. Thanet council will examine the option “to determine whether CPO would be a viable consideration, given the extensive costs and liabilities this would involve,” said a spokesman. Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale wants the CPO. He said: “We have to dispel the …

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