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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 Bridge

British 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.
Thanet News Tuesday 7th July 2020

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.


Thanet News Monday 6th July 2020
Eleven of Thanet’s 33 play areas have reopened this morning

Thanet council have deep-cleaned the sites, and will continue to do so twice a week. Signs have been placed in the play areas about maintaining social distancing, and reminders that no food or drink is to be consumed and that users should bring their own hand sanitiser are in place. The playgrounds will not be marshalled and people choosing to use them will be expected to use their own judgement as to whether the area is too crowded to practice safe social distancing. 

A Margate baker has created posters encouraging people to bin their rubbish

Ben Wykes, who owns the Modern Provider bakery in The Centre, has designed the posters in a bid to encourage those who leave litter on the beach to clear up after themselves and use the bins provided. The posters, with the simple message of ‘Come on guys, use our bins’ are on display along the seafront and in many shop windows. Thanet District Council have contacted Mr Wykes, and will meet up with him this week to discuss further ideas for dealing with the litter problem. 

Pedestrian only zones are being created in Margate and Ramsgate

This has already started with the temporary pedestrianisation of The Parade service road in Margate on Saturday. Thanet council says that the scheme is to help with social distancing as pubs and restaurants reopen, and will include temporary changes to traffic management and pedestrian access to the streets around Margate Old Town, Marine Drive, and Ramsgate’s Harbour Parade. Details of additional schemes are to be announced shortly.
The Margate School is to stage an exhibition of memories of Woolworths

The much-loved British store, famed for its eclectic mix of CDs, sweets and assorted items opened its doors on Margate High Street in 1925. The store closed in 2008 following the chain’s collapse and remained derelict for more than a decade. The organisers would love to hear from anyone with a story to tell. 

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