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New hope hospital will keep outpatient services

Campaigners are hopeful that outpatient services at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital can be saved as health bosses edge closer to a decision. Experts from the University of Kent have written a report following a three-month public consultation, which will be discussed by Kent County Council’s health overview committee in Maidstone tomorrow (Friday). The report by Dr Sarah Hotham, public …

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Officers express anger over ‘car crash’ TV show

Furious Kent Police officers are using pictures of onions on their Facebook profiles after the disastrous TV documentary on police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes. Many are venting their anger at last Thursday’s broadcast of Meet The Commissioner, which they claim has damaged the force’s reputation. The onion is a reference to Mrs Barnes fumbling her words over a diagram …

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Grammar campaigners call school ‘clapped out’

Supporters claim Barton Court move would help pupils CAMPAIGNERS slammed a grammar school rated as outstanding as “clapped out” and “past its sell-by date” at a public meeting. Supporters of Barton Court’s proposed move to Herne Bay said it would allow the school to expand and provide a vital opportunity for more children from the town to have a grammar …

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Decision looms on outpatients’ clinics

‘There is no logical reason to take services away’ A FINAL report on where hospital outpatient clinics should be located was due to be completed this week. Officials were meeting to discuss the results of their latest scoring exercise comparing Estuary View in Whitstable with the Queen Victoria hospital in Herne Bay, the Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital and Faversham Cottage …

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MP in Ukraine to monitor election

Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale has been in Ukraine to help monitor the troubled country’s presidential election. He visited the site of the Maidan protests which erupted in Kiev at the start of 2014 and captured news headlines around the world. He said: “It was a very powerful and moving experience. To stand on the spot where so many …

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UKIP’s party time as Lib Dems and Tories share blame

UKIP polled more than a third of the votes in the district as the party enjoyed a thumping European election success. The party picked up 13,459 of the 39,153 votes cast in Canterbury – almost 2,500 move than the Conservatives in second. Labour polled third with 6,012, the Green Party fourth with 4,794 and the Liberal Democrats trailed fifth with …

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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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Manston airport to close this week

HOPES of keeping Manston airport open were dealt a fatal blow last Tuesday with the announcement it will shut on Thursday this week. Despite receiving an offer of £5 million from American firm RiverOak Investment, shareholders said the decision had been made to close it. In a statement a spokesman for Manston Airport said: “Following a meeting with staff, I …

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Town centre market is pulling the crowds

Shoppers flocked to the town centre to see the new market stalls setting up in Mortimer Street and William Street for the first time. Traders said they were pleased with the carnival-like mood in the town centre on Saturday last week, but there have been concerns expressed by shopkeepers about the move. The stalls were moved from the King’s Road …

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Yes, there could be a summer hosepipe ban

Gale’s View by your MP Sir Roger Gale During this past week I have attended and chaired a small meeting of “stakeholders” convened in my constituency by the chief executive of Southern Water in order to discuss the water supply and sewage-related issues that are likely to affect us all. I threw my mind back a couple of months to …

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