The Battle for Manston Airport is over. The Battle against Building Houses on Manston Airport is about to begin. Says editor Norman Thomas: “People have been grossly misled. There was never any hope that the airport would be kept as an airport. The plan has always been to build houses on it. If people don’t want that to happen, they have to start organising.”
- Bisexual councillor John Worrow says why he thinks people are out to DESTROY him.
- The man who hit NIGEL FARAGE says why he thinks UKIP are dangerous.
- We find out why TONY BENN came to Thanet – and how he met TONY BLAIR!
- Thanet Council’s Risky House Building Adventure
- The Airport Tragedy
- The Community Centre Farce
- The Threat to QEQM hospital
- And lots more.
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In 2014 Thanet Watch is sponsoring a series of public meetings.
These will include:
THANET QUESTION TIMES — local politicians answer the burning local questions of the day.
…Plus discussions and talks about the past, present and future of the Isle of Thanet
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People have expressed anger over the failure of Thanet South MP Laura Sandys to appear at a special Thanet Question Time meeting held last Friday (November 8) in Broadstairs.
Ms Sandys had agreed to be on the panel of Thanet Question Time several weeks ago, but cried off the day before the meeting was due to go ahead.
She emailed an apology for her non-appearance, citing parliamentary business and the need to see an unnamed potential investor in Thanet.
Will Scobie, her Labour challenger at the next election, did appear and the meeting went ahead.
But audience member Filiz MacNamara said: “I am furious Laura Sandys didn’t appear. She is our MP. This was a great opportunity to see her in debate with her Labour rival. She should have been there. Is she afraid of Scobie or something?”
One of the meeting’s organisers, Christine Tongue, said: “I’m very disappointed Laura didn’t come, especially as we held the meeting on a date agreed some weeks ago with her.
“But she has said she will come to a future meeting and I hope she will hold to her word. These sorts of meetings are vital to a healthy local democracy.”
The meeting, which concentrated on environmental issues in Thanet, was very well attended. Topics discussed included over-building, Manston Airport and the controversy over the Ramsgate’s Royal Pavilion.
THANET QUESTION TIME
Thanet Question Time will be on Friday 8 November at 7.30pm, The Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs. Panel includes Thanet South MP Laura Sandys, Councillor Will Scobie and Green Party councillor Ian Driver. If you want to come ring 01843 604 253 or 07989 070843 or email email@example.com to book.
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“GOLDEN BALLS” EMAIL: DID COUNCIL ASK FOR SECRET MEETING WITH BUILDER?
Thanet Watch magazine has received an email claiming Thanet council approached a builder for secret talks about a controversial project on Ramsgate seafront.
The email purports to have come from Mike Stannard, a director of Kent-based Cardy Construction.
In the email Stannard is alleged to have taken a call from “the chief exec” of Thanet District Council, asking for an “off-line chat” about Royal Sands.
“He does not want lawyers or others involved,” says the email, “and felt that me/Cardy and him were the two people in this project that could influence success for the project . Not sure why I have been singled out, but I guess if I can finally pull this one off, I would be Billy Golden Balls.”
The email, addressed to Stannard’s colleagues in Cardy, was received by Thanet Watch in answer to a request for a comment on another matter.
Norman Thomas of TW believes it may have been a simple mistake: “It looks to me like someone hit the “reply” function when they meant to hit “forward”
Cardy claims the email was sent out by an “unauthorised” person.
“Following an investigation by our IT manager,” Mike Stannard told Thanet Watch, “I can confirm that the email was edited and issued by an unauthorised person within our organisation and subsequently we will be undertaking an internal review. This review may well result in disciplinary actions being taken.”
Thomas of Thanet Watch said: “It’s certainly a rather strange email. For example, it refers to the chief executive of the council as a man, when in fact she’s a woman. But it raises more questions about what’s going on with this long-running development which has left Ramsgate seafront severely blighted now for over 12 years.”
The new September issue of Thanet Watch is on sale in newsagents across Thanet now.
EDITORS: For more information ring Norman Thomas at Thanet Watch on 01843 604 253 or 07989 070 843
This is the statement that Independent Thanet Councillor John Worrow has made about Conservative Councillor Ken Gregory.
STATEMENT REGARDING KEN GREGORY’S HATE CRIME AGAINST ME
Last night I recieved a telephone call from an Inspector from Kent Police confirming that Councillor Ken Gregory is the person who committed a homophobic hate crime against me in the form of a voice mail. As this was Mr Gregory’s first hate crime, it was decided to give him a caution. As Mr Gregory can not possibly remain a member of the Conservative Party or a member of Thanet District Council after saying “With a bit of luck you’re get aids”I feel that a caution should be punishment enough. My colleagues and I hope that this has not trigged a hate campaign. There is absolutely no justification what-so-ever for that kind of behaviour towards anyone regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexuality and I expect a full apology at the next council meeting.
Councillor John Worrow