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Snowed under as schools shut and roads freeze over

SNOW and ice brought much of the district to standstill on Thursday and Friday. An estimated 10cm fell over-night on Wednesday across Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham causing many schools to close and forcing some commuters to abandon journeys into work. By Friday, temperatures remained below freezing as icy conditions took hold. Many public services were still unable to …

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MPs’ latest expense claims revealed

DETAILS of MPs’ expenses published this week show Canterbury’s Julian Brazier to be the county’s top claimer. The Conservative, who also represents Whitstable, claimed £12,772 between May and August this year. Faversham’s Hugh Robertson was close behind on £9,121, while Herne Bay MP and fellow Tory Roger Gale put in claims totalling £8,144. Thanet South Tory MP Laura Sandys claimed £6,007 of …

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Bus fare prices

Having read Eric Fisher’s letter (“Bus fares are far from fare,” Times, November 18) and Helen Wood’s reply from Stagecoach, I agree with Eric. Not only are bus fares between Canterbury and Whitstable/Herne Bay far too high, their pricing of children’s fares are too high, too. I have recently moved to Canterbury from Herne Bay but I have kept my two …

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Liberating labyrinth

This is rather lovely: in the midst of fear and pain, people finding comfort and consolation in a simple but convoluted path. I’m no fan of religion (but a great fan of the few hospices I have spent time in) and although this labyrinth was instigated by a reverend and inspired by a cathedral, it seems that this pattern of …

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Truancy explained

I am writing to respond to your article on truancy (“Truancy rates out’, Herne Bay Times, March 4). I think you have misrepresented the issues in your report substantially for all schools. Firstly, unauthorised absence is not truancy, it is any absence that each school deems to be unauthorised. Therefore it represents a decision made by each school about the status …

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The Background Story

Manston a.k.a. Kent International Airport is an ex-RAF base in north-east Kent, just west of Ramsgate. It passed from the RAF to Wiggins, then PlaneStation, owners of EUJet (a budget passenger airline). EUJet went bust, and in August 2005 the administrators sold Manston to Infratil, a New Zealand-based multi-national infrastructure investor.

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