The Occupy movement has come to Thanet.
Members of the newly formed protest group set up camp outside the Turner Contemporary Gallery on Friday January 27th with tents and banners.
Their aim, they say, is to draw attention to injustice on a national and local level.
Initially, Turner staff tried to stop the occupation and the police were called, but the police confirmed the protestors were breaking no law by taking up their position outside Margate’s high profile art gallery.
Visitors to the camp have included the mayor of Margate, Iris Johnson, and local Tory MP Roger Gale, who is reported to have donated them his dog blankets.
Jon Snow, the Channel Four news presenter, attending the Turner for the opening of a new exhibition, also talked to the protestors.
Local traders have given Occupy members food and passers-by have expressed their support.
The occupation is in its third day.
Broadstairs town council has voted to take legal action against Thanet District Council in the continuing row over Pierremont Park.
The move comes just weeks after the district council blocked plans by the town council to build a controversial new community centre in the park.
The town council is seeking legal advice in an effort to recover the tens of thousands of pounds it’s already spent on plans for the centre.
The town council’s move has led to furious criticism from people who have campaigned against the centre because of its likely environmental impact.
One campaigner, Norman Thomas, said: “This is appalling. Broadstairs town council has wasted thousands of pounds on plans for a centre a vanishingly small number of people wanted. Now they’re going to spend even more more money trying to get the money they’ve squandered back.
“Local residents will pay all the bills anyway, because both the town and district council funding comes out of our taxes. But now it looks like we’ll have legal bills on top of it all. This is a just sick joke.”
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The Flybe Airline say that being allowed more night flights would NOT not make a difference to their decision to pull out of Manston Airport in March.
When Flybe made its decision at the end of last year, aiport boss Charles Buchanan said: “The decision by Flybe reinforces the need for the airport’s proposals for limited and managed scheduled night-time flights to be agreed with Thanet District Council in order to compete with other national and regional airports.”
But Flybe’s statement to Thanet Watch on Friday 20th January flatly contradicts the suggestion that additional night flights at Manston would have made any difference to their decision.
Their decision, Flybe made clear, was based on the location of Manston. Flybe spokesman Niall Duffy said: “It is fair to say that Manston is one of the smaller airports in the UK and you have Gatwick not too far away.”
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