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Paul Barrett, owner of car retailer Barretts Group, on the east and west divide in Kent, future of Manston airport and being a good car salesman

Looking out his office window at traffic bustling through Canterbury’s Westgate Towers, car dealership owner Paul Barrett appears almost regal. “I regard myself as almost a custodian of the business rather than the owner or managing director,” said the businessman, 54, whose great-grandfather founded Barretts Group in 1902. The firm sells new and used BMW, Citroen, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover …

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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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French businessman Thaddée Segard says commuting from Calais could solve Canterbury district’s housing problem

Cross-Channel commuting could hold the key to solving some of Kent’s housing problems, a French businessman claims. Thaddée Segard says increasing pressure to build thousands of homes in the Canterbury district in particular would be eased if Brits moved to Calais. Eurotunnel bosses have endorsed the idea and urged politicians to back the scheme. Businessman Thaddée Segard in Calais Property …

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‘Little progress’ on Thames crossing

Two locations are currently being considered as sites for a Lower Thames road crossing The government has been criticised for a lack of progress in building a Lower Thames road crossing. The House of Commons Transport Committee said east London was “long overdue” a crossing but “little progress” had been made. In a report, it said progress on an Essex-to-Kent …

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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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Solar Eclipse 2015: 13 facts you ought to know

Comments (0) Stargazers are waiting in anticipation for Europe to experience its biggest solar eclipse in 15 years. Later this month, the moon is expected to block the sun’s rays for almost two hours. To prepare you for the event, we thought we would pull together 13 facts to ought to know about a solar eclipse: 1. What is a solar …

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Youth crime commissioner Kerry Boyd to stand for election in Birchington South in Thanet as a Conservative councillor

Kent’s first youth crime commissioner is to stand for election for the Conservatives in Thanet. Kerry Boyd is featured in the party’s list of candidates being put forward for the election in May. Today marks the completion of her year-long contract as crime youth commissioner, a role created by the Kent commissioner Ann Barnes. Margate’s Kerry Boyd was appointed youth …

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Campaigners say Manston should be reliever airport in letter to…

The letter was delivered to Number 10 yesterday Comments (0) CAMPAIGNERS lobbying to reopen Manston airport have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, making the case for the site to be used as a reliever airport. Representatives from Save Manston Airport, Why Not Manston? and RiverOak, the American firm proposing to bring aviation back to the site, visited Downing …

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Some Church jobs below living wage

Canterbury Cathedral was one of the Church employers offering pay below the living wage The Church of England pays some staff less than the living wage – despite calling on employers to pay at least that amount – it has been revealed. The living wage, calculated from the basic cost of UK life, is currently £7.85 an hour outside London. …

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Five reasons why our city beats the capital

• 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, …

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