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Business owners beg UKIP council not to destroy their livelihoods

A group of 22 small businesses are calling on the UKIP-run Thanet District Council to reconsider a sell-off that would mean closure for all 22 enterprises.

TDC have taken the decision to put the Thanet Enterprise Units (TEU) site in Broadstairs, Kent up for auction on February 6th.

The small businesses, some of which have been there for as long as 30 years, claim that they were not informed about the decision to sell the properties and that the district council have ignored inquiries for the last three years.

Collectively, these enterprise units represent £30,000 of yearly income to the council and generate approximately £800,000 worth of business in Thanet. UKIP are willing to sacrifice this for a one-off payday.

According to a Facebook page set up to protest the sell-off, UKIP leader Chris Wells has consistently ignored letters and emails from the business owners.

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The Intolerant Wife Closes

It appears that after two years of supplying #FoodForEveryone the Intolerant Wife in Broadstairs has ceased trading.

An announcement was placed on Facebook yesterday where the owner, Seth Proctor, and his wife thanked everyone for their support.

The Intolerant Wife Closes

The Intolerant Wife was, to many, just a café like many others, but to some it was a lifeline. Offering a wide-ranging and varied menu, with options for gluten-free, wheat-free, many other intolerances, along with vegan food, the Intolerant Wife really did cater for all. The loss of a small business like this really is a shame, particularly with the owner’s involvement and promotion of Shop Local, a campaign to encourage residents to use independent retailers instead of chain stores.

In the face of mass-market conformity the Intolerant Wife was a refreshing and unique alternative that will be sorely missed.

Have you ever eaten at the Intolerant Wife? What was your experience?

EDIT: Replaced Facebook embed code with screenshot because FB's code was not playing nicely.

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Christmas Comes Early

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, or Midwinter, or Hanukah, or Winter Festival, or whatever. Carols are playing. Chocolate stockings and reindeer and snowmen and baby Jesus are on the supermarket shelves. The card shops have set up festive displays. Decorations have been imported from China and are now available for purchase.

Hang on, what month are we in?

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. As our ISP does not like being harassed we have been forced to "agree". This excerpt comes via fair use but you will need to find the rest somewhere else.
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3 Months Ago they promised a CPO

Three months ago the new TDC arrived with promises of a compulsory purchase of Manston. So what's happened?

Aside from a very public falling out in the Tory Party between the MP for Thanet North and the leader of KCC nothing much has changed.

Meanwhile, Thanet District Council have issued a few fines (about two hundred in Margate and next to none anywhere else) and made very little difference. Many of those brand new councillors were and are members of one of the pro-manston activist groups so one might be forgiven for thinking that there might have been efforts made to progress the CPO, if it has legs.

So what is happening exact?

Are the council that was elected capable of taking a definitive action (one way or the other) regarding Manston?

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Are Manston owners about to go bankrupt?

Strong doubts have been expressed over the ability of the current owners of Manston Airport to continue due to massive debts.

Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave brought a majority share in Manston from Stage Coach owner Anne Gloag but their company (Wynyard Park Limited), shows debts of over £30m. This debt is for the financial year ending 2014 and auditors have expressed expressed doubts about the groups ability to continue, say the BBC.

A spokesman for the company has claimed that they have since paid off that huge debt and are, all evidence to the contrary, a great success.

This news calls into question the ability of Stagecoach's Ann Gloag and Wynyard Park's duo to afford to build something worthwhile on the airport site.

At the same time one has to wonder how strongly they can actually afford to resist a competent Compulsory Purchase of the site.

Only time will tell.

What do you think will happen?

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