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Local News 20th February 2018


Chris Wells has resigned as leader of TDC
Cllr Wells resignation is effective as of the end of the month with a meeting scheduled on Thursday 1st March to elect a new leader.   Cllr Bob Bayford of the Conservatives who are now the largest party is hoping to form a new administration.   Cllr Wells says it has been a privilege to lead the country's first UKIP council.   The Conservative councillors and both local MP's strongly support Manston as an airport and hope to quickly deliver a new local plan.
Fire crews were called to a fire in Birchington on Sunday night.
An automatic alarm alerted them to the fire in a Hunting Gate property which was caused by a halogen heater in a bedroom which set light to a carpet.   The elderly residents switched off the fire and exited the building.   The fire had burnt out when the crew arrived but they made the building safe and removed the heater.
A march is planned to save QEQM stroke unit
Campaigners from across Kent are marching this Saturday to try to prevent stroke services being moved to Ashford.   NHS bosses say a specialist unit at William Harvey Hospital will save lives but campaigners think that it is too far away.   Public consultation meetings are taking place with one at Margate FC next Monday evening.
There is a social media protest over bins at St Mildred's Bay. 
David Haystead has posted pictures of overflowing rubbish bins in a Westgate car park.   Despite being reported on Friday the mess was not cleared up until yesterday.   Cllr Lin Fairbrass has said that if bins are full people should look for another bin or take their rubbish home.
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