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Al Murray ‘too heavy’ for skydive

Al Murray formed the Free United Kingdom Party to contest the South Thanet seat Comedian Al Murray, who is standing for parliament in his guise as The Pub Landlord, has been forced to cancel a parachute jump because he is too heavy. The 46-year-old was expected to land at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent before addressing constituents in Sandwich. Murray is …

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Minister John Hayes announces review over Manston Airport

The government is to appoint a consultant to review the decisions taken so far about the future of Manston Airport. Transport Minister John Hayes made the announcement during a visit to the airport site today. Mr Hayes said: “I recognise the strong interest in keeping Manston Airport open which is why the government is leaving no stone unturned in the …

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Historians uncover original Sandwich Magna Carta

Comments (0) EXPERTS have discovered Sandwich Town Council is the owner of an original and previously unidentified Magna Carta. The document an original Magna Carta from the issue made in 1300 by King Edward I to the borough of Sandwich. The extraordinary find was uncovered at the archives at Kent County Council’s Kent History and Library Centre (KHLC), in Maidstone. The …

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Line of pylons will stretch from Canterbury to Richborough near Sandwich

Energy giant National Grid has unveiled its final plans for a towering network of pylons running from Canterbury to Richborough near Sandwich. The company says it has tweaked proposals for the chain of “lattice” pylons which will cut through the county’s countryside. It plans a revised version of its North Corridor route using two types of pylon – a “standard” …

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An edition of the Magna Carta, which belongs to Sandwich town council, discovered in Kent County Council’s archives in Maidstone

An edition of the Magna Carta has been found buried in Kent’s archives.  The historic document which established the principle of the rule of law was discovered at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.  The charter has been authenticated by Professor Nicholas Vincent, of the University of East Anglia, who confirmed it belongs to Sandwich town council. King Edward I gave …

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Have your say on Richborough ‘Nemo’ project

Comments (0) CONSULTATION on a network of pylons planned for across the east Kent countryside will open on Tuesday. The so-called Nemo Link, being developed by National Grid to connect the UK’s power network to Europe, would involve cables under the sea between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Richborough near Sandwich. The Richborough connection is a proposal for a series of 50 …

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KCC want your views on new Thanet Parkway station

An artists impression of how the proposed Thanet Parkway Station could look Comments (0) RESIDENTS have been asked to share their views on plans for the proposed Thanet parkway station near Cliffsend. Kent County Council (KCC) will launch a series of consultations next month asking for public views on planned facilities and their potential impacts. Proposals would see a £14 million, …

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Airport purchase rejection called in

The decision not to go ahead with the compulsory purchase of Manston Airport, which closed last May, has been called back for review.¬†Thanet District Council’s cabinet decided on 11th December not to impose a compulsory purchase order (CPO), against the wishes of campaigners. The decision has been “called in” by the overview and scrutiny panel which will consider it on …

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Manston out-performed by a small hole in the ground

Sad but true. The numbers are in on this summer's Open Golf Championship at Sandwich, and they make good reading for the county. The direct economic boost and indirect benefit of TV coverage are valued at £77 million.

Each Open venue hosts the tournament about every ten years, so the once-a-decade display of supreme skill at the stick-ball-hole game works out at some £7.7 million a year of identifiable benefit to Kent.

Manston's latest night flight proposal rather optimistically assesses the airport's current contribution to the local economy at £3.8 million a year - less than half the impact of the Open even when the Open isn't on!

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