Thanet News Thursday 9th July 2020
Development consent order granted for Manston Airport
The decision on a development consent order for the Manston airport site has been announced today (July 9) – a day earlier than expected. The Department of Transport has approved the application to create an air freight hub at the site.
Supporters of the plan say it will create employment, increase infrastructure investment and boost the economy, but those opposed to the DCO say there are issues including noise, night flights and the impact on tourism.
RiverOak Strategic Partners, who applied for the DCO, are delighted permission has been granted for an international air freight hub and passenger airfield.
Police are investigating a report of offensive stickers and graffiti in Cliftonville
The vandalism, which has a racist message, has appeared on buildings, lampposts and other street furniture in areas including Northdown Road, Northdown Avenue and Approach Road. Local residents have been removing the stickers. It is not known whether an individual or a group is to blame, and enquiries are now under way to establish the circumstances of the incident.
A fine for fly tipping by a vulnerable man will not be enforced
The man was caught on CCTV dumping furniture and rubbish into residents’ bins in Edgar Road, Cliftonville. Thanet council’s enforcement team then issued a £400 penalty notice. However, after being informed that the man has Downs Syndrome and was unlikely to have realised that he was breaking any rules, the council has decided to waive the fine.
Police have attended to to a distressed man on Newington BridgeBritish Transport Police were called at 8.45pm on Tuesday evening to the railway bridge following concerns for his welfare. Power to the live rail into Ramsgate station was switched off for around two hours while emergency services attended the call. The ambulance service also attended, and the man was taken to a place of safety.
It has been announced that a covid testing station will open today at the car park at the Manston airport site.
The testing station will be open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm and will be in place for the next four months. The free coronavirus test which is part of the NHS Test and Trace service is for anyone with symptoms, however mild. People can drive or walk in to use the service.
Two men have been arrested as part of a Kent Police investigation into a robbery in Ramsgate yesterday afternoon.
A man in his 50s was walking his dog when he was approached by two men in Victoria Road at around 12.45am. The men asked for cigarettes, when refused, they held their victim against a vehicle and searched his pockets. Items including cash, a bank card and cigarettes were allegedly stolen. Two men, aged 46 and 39, have been arrested and taken into custody.
The Police have arrested a man following a disturbance at a Traveller encampment on the council-owned car park at Dreamland in Margate.
Kent Police were called to a report of a disturbance at 1.20pm yesterday. A woman was taken to hospital for treatment and a man is his 30s arrested on suspicion of assault, he remains in custody while enquiries are ongoing.
The South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, has expressed dismay at the decision to remove the Uncle Mack plaque in Broadstairs.
The plaque commemorates James Summerson, known as ‘Uncle Mack’, a black face, seaside entertainer in Broadstairs between the 1880s and 1940s. Thanet council claim the plaque has given rise to offence because it celebrates a white entertainer who blacked up his face to promote a distorted African-American stereotype.
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