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Living alongside a successful airport

Most of us naturally feel proud of Thanet’s long association with aviation. Some want to keep it alive through a revival of commercial aviation at Manston, and others see an airport as a source of much-needed jobs. But before committing our future to aviation, we should think about what it would mean to us all if Manston became a commercially …

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HSE make enquiries after Manston airport industrial accident

A man was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London following the accident (pic: Tasha Girdler) Comments (0) HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) officers will visit the Manston airport site after a worker suffered a serious head injury there yesterday. Representatives could begin investigations at the site later today (Wednesday), after a spokesman confirmed the agency is aware of the incident …

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Man injured in ‘airport explosion’

A man has been seriously injured while dismantling an aircraft with an industrial grinder at Manston Airport, in Kent. The emergency services were called to the airport at 14:30 GMT, following reports of an explosion. The man was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in London. Kent Police said the incident was being treated as a suspected industrial accident. …

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BREAKING: Worker suffers ‘serious’ head injury at Manston airport

Comments (1) A MAN has been airlifted to hospital in London after suffering a serious injury at the Manston airport site. Ambulance crews were called to Manston at 1.50pm this afternoon (Tuesday) to respond to reports of a worker who had suffered a head injury. An air ambulance was scrambled to attend the incident shortly afterwards. The man had reportedly been …

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Queen Victoria fills the King’s Hall

The King’s Hall was packed – a fantastic sight. It gladdens my heart to see people getting involved in local issues, and the turnout this evening was clear evidence of the importance of QVMH to our town.  Congratulations to Gillian Fowler, and the League of Friends of QVMH, and a swarm of others around town for alerting us to the …

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Barriers to progress

Years of waiting, thousands of pounds, and one snafu after another. Following relentless pressure from Andy Lawrence, our councillors raided the Herne Bay Opportunity Fund for £3,000 to pay for the barrier across Mortimer Street (instead of getting KCC Highways to pay for it), and CCC put the job out to tender. They awarded the job to a fencing company …

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Manston’s rat-plane nose-dives in Dublin

Aptly named Bin Air joins the pantheon of unsavoury and unsafe airlines that are welcome at Manston airport. It would appear that Charles Buchanan, Infratil’s representative on Planet Thanet, is so desperate for business that he’ll do business with anyone. This does nothing for the confidence or peace of mind of those of us who live near the flight path. …

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A reader writes

I should like to make a few points, of which Cllr Carter should be informed! Firstly, he says that Manston’s runway is 2,752m. When I checked, it was 2,658m. Heathrow has two runways – 3,500m and 3,570m, with Gatwick’s one at 3,750m. So nowhere near comparable. He says that Manston “is able to cater for all modern jet aircraft”; that’s …

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Andy Lawrence stops the traffic in Mortimer Street

Local hero Andy Lawrence has been putting himself at risk, trying to keep Mortimer Street safe from idiot motorists. Drivers who are too stupid to read the traffic signs, or too selfish to take any notice, are driving along the street when it should be treated as a pedestrianised zone. There’s a simple and cheap solution (a lockable barrier across …

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Life under the flight path: 2

A reader writes: I recently was speaking with a woman and we got on to the topic of the airport, not from a political anti-airport point of view, just mums chatting at a toddler group. She told me about her washing! Funny little burn holes in her washing whilst it hangs on the line and she asked if we thought …

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