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Woah, your fence is on fire...

Was this childish foolishness gone wrong or something more sinister?

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At 10:15pm (2215) passers by raised the alarm on spotting a fance alight in Northdown Park Road, Margate. The fence which belongs to Leleham Gap School was well alight and several buckets of water (and the need of a passing young man to urinate) were needed to bring an end to what could have been a very nasty fire.

This reporter and his uncle were passing the school when we noticed the flames. With the help of a passing motorist and some local neighbours the fire was soon damped down and the fire brigade in attendance.

We left the professionals to do their job but could not help but speculate on who might have lit the fire and why.

Was it board kids or something worse? Hopefully we will never know and this will be the last of it.

The fire brigade should be praised on arriving at the scene so quickly. It is good to know that our fire service are so prompt in their response. Well done lads.

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Your Letters: In support of Manston Airport

Bill from Ashford has written to us to express support for the idea of keeping an airport in Manston.

This is what Bill had to say:

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10 reasons prepaid benefits cards are the dumbest idea on the planet

Demonstrating just how out-of-touch with reality that they are the Tories have decided that the poorest people in the UK are too stupid to be allowed to use cash.

According to The Guardian Iain Duncan Smith has outlined plans for prepaid benefits cards in place of cash.

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Here are ten reasons why this is the dumbest idea on the planet.

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Are TDC about to back out of Manston?

Have TDC have rolled over for big business and house building at Manston?

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Not even twenty-four hours after Thanet Star asked if there was a u-turn in Labour policy on Manston news has emerged of a u-turn on Labour policy on Manston.


Iris Johnson the Labour leader of TDC has suggested in an ITV interview that she might not CPO against the new owners if they can produce jobs for Thanet in sufficient numbers.

However Kent News reports that the Manston CPO is still underway. Furthermore the TDC website suggests that the CPO study is still under way, at least for now.

So is Ms Johnson telling us that TDC are just going through the motions to keep the peace with this CPO?

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Will Manston now become houses and a shopping mall if TDC roll over?

Two days ago Manston Airport was sold to housing developers and it looks like TDC are actually considering letting them build.

The buyers are Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave. These are (some of) the gentlemen behind the Discovery Park deal at the Pfizer site in Sandwich. However Ms Gloag is not entirely out of the picture having sold them only a majority stake.

In reaction to the announcement of the sale Thanet's Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates George Cunningham and Russ Timpson said that the news should not deter Thanet District Council pressing ahead with the CPO process.

The local Chamber of Commerce has prepared a carefully-costed business plan which shows Manston can be made viable again. A move which has wide ranging public support but less political will to make it happen.

The nature of the "sale" means that if house building goes ahead Ms Gloag still gets her payday but that now she has less risk and stronger allies. Something that might be giving Thanet District Council second thoughts over the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) of Manston.

Indeed these new owners have said the airport has closed, the equipment has been sold and it will not reopen. Something that many in Thanet feel is an unacceptable attitude that amounts to sticking your tongue out, thumbing your nose and saying "ner-ner, we've got the airport and there's nothing that you can do."

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Did Labour Lie?

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Two weeks to find Manston Airport buyer says North Thanet MP (via BBC)

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