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Airports, nights and flights

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With the "big" consultation open what are the main issues and where do you stand on them?

In case you were visiting the little green men for the past few years you will know that a decision is about to be made on allowing more flights at night from Manston Airport. Thanet District Council have asked for our views on the matter and I suggest that this time we make sure they get them.

When our council "consulted" on the direct election of the council leader 100% of responses said "yes" but they concluded that the number was low enough to be ignored. Your opinion is too important to be trusted to "fate" (or the whims of those that can justify ignoring a consultation 100% in favour of something).

To quote Michael Child:

The council havenít made this an easy one, you canít just enter your name and postcode and tick, yes I want night flights of no I donít want night flights. What you have to do is send them an email or write to them.

Responses must contain your full name and address (WITH YOUR POSTCODE) either email your response to consultation@thanet.gov.uk or post it to:

Thanet District Council,
PO Box 9,
Margate,
CT9 1XZ

What are the core issues of flights at night from Manston Airport?

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On the face of it the question is should we allow modern fixed wing air craft aka aeroplanes to fly (mostly over Ramsgate) from our local airport during the wee small hours. I would like to suggest this is not the issue.

It is true that the application is asking for permission to fly (jet) planes at night but the decision is not so much about noise as it is about the reasonableness of the request.

If we say "yes" then we also say yes to a few houses losing value. To a few people being forced to move and a few lives disrupted. Those that this will happen to truly have my deepest sympathy. For them the "yes" will always be unjust.

But our council must balance the needs of all groups with at least some attempt at big picture fairness. So the question is one of an exchange. A trade if you will.

The big question is not are the flights a good idea - in an ideal world we would simply teleport to our destinations - rather the question is this: Is the cost of allowing these flights worth the value we will gain from it.

For the airport operators the value of a "yes" is huge and the cost is so minimal as to be negligible. For those disrupted the cost is high - very high even - and the benefit is zero.

What about the rest of us?

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The independent report that the council commissioned suggests that no jobs will be created as the airport already must maintain night staff.

Think about that: no new jobs are on the balance sheet.

Also the likely use of these flights will not be to get trade into Thanet but use it as a stop over. The result being no new economic activity on the balance sheet.

We are being asked to let the airport operators out of their agreement for their personal profit in the hope that the minority that will suffer will be overlooked or ignored.

I can see that we, the people of Thanet, are being offered nothing but some of us are being asked to pay the price. For the balance to be fair none of us must suffer even slightly.

To put it another way - what's in it for us? (nothing).

I would suggest that we tell the council that unless we are offered something a bit more valuable than hot air that they say no and hold out for a significantly better offer.

What's your take on the question are you a yes, no or not sure (and why)?

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Don't fall for the scam

Just a reminder. Don't fall for the scam.

Virus phone scam being run from call centres in India | Technology | The Guardian

Britons targeted by cold callers pretending to be from Microsoft phoning to fix a fake computer problem

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Three Thanet Blogs

Here are three blogs from and for Thanet that you might not be aware of.

Thanet News Network

A News Network for Thanet
Thanet News Network is a collaborative news project. Great for those of us that wish to occasionally contribute some news.

thanetwatch

Thanet Watch styles itself as the "Private Eye of Thanet". There is also a 20p printed edition that is available in some shops too.

Thanet Athletics Club - East Kent athletics coaching and competition

Thanet Athletics Club's website is also a blog. The club is offering coaching and competition in a range of athletics events.

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A valuable lesson in very careful note taking

It has been pointed out to me by a certain young photographer from these parts that I might have misunderstood what I was being shown.

I know it happens to the best of us but it is still embarrassing when it happens to you. To make matters worse I can not immediately go back to the source document and ask myself "let me check a third time" as I do not have a copy of said document any more.

So it should probably be not be taken as read that Tesco are recruiting presumptively as they might not be. If I have got it wrong (and simply cannot check until Monday) I offer my apologies to all concerned.

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Tesco and Sainsbury's recruiting already.

Edit: It has been drawn to my attention that I may have misunderstood the information I was presented with. I'll get back to you when I have more.

Tesco and Sainsbury's have began recruiting for roles in the yet to be granted planning permission new buildings.

In a bit of a Thanet Star exclusive I can tell you that the two potential new supermarkets are expectantly seeking workers for the stores that they are planning. I know this as the Job Centre in Margate has provided me with application forms to fill out for these yet-to-be-built stores.

Does this suggest that regardless of local protests and official objections the supermarkets confidently expect to force their way through to planning permission?

...

» Continue Reading: Tesco and Sainsbury's recruiting already.

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The effect that the snow has affected

Given that Michael brings it up in his Sunday ramble I thought I would look up the difference between affect and effect.

Basically affect is the cause and effect is the result.

Now we can all talk about the effect that the snow has affected and sound like we had a reasonable education.

Affected/Effected

By selecting the general term epilepsy to stand for two more specific ideas, you seem to be trying to make it appear that affect and effect somehow mean the same thing. But the mere fact that two different words can be placed in the sameposition in a sentence proves nothing

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Yes, this is snow.

About 11:30 last night it began to snow. The snow was the light powdery type that fell quickly and got blown about all over.

That is all.

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