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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?

Manston Airport

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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Does your Thanet business cover these SEO basics?

Sooner or later if you are doing any amount of business on line in Thanet then the phrase Search engine Optimisation (SEO) is going to show up sooner or later. But what does SEO in Thanet mean?

Targeting an finite population of web users with SEO is much harder than simply blasting the millions of people on the web. However the millions of web users are unlikely to be particularly motivated to use your business unless they come from Thanet. That is where Thanet SEO comes in.

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Electronic Cigarette shop to open in Broadstairs

Broadstairs will be seeing Kent's Broadstairs' first Vape Coffee Shop open for users of electronic cigarettes.

I caught up with Sean Donnellan, the proprietor of Vape Elite for the inside scoop.

Donnellan explained just what vaping is and why it is better for you. There's a lot of people that would rather slate it because of bad press, he told me. I'm all for educating people because it's a much more healthy option for smoking.

When you smoke a regular cigarette you inhale over 3900 harmful toxins as does everyone arround you. With vaping, on the other hand, you are at least 90% safer and no longer putting others at risk.

But is it as safe as people claim? Keep reading for the full story.

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Manston's Taiwanese Hope

A delegation of Taiwanese investors should have visited Manston airport this afternoon thanks to the Lib-Dems.

According to the Thanet Gazette envoys from the Taipei Representative Office in the UK have been invited to the airport today by Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Thanet North George Cunningham.

Cunningham (Thanet North) along with Russ Timpson (Lib-dem PPC for Thanet South) have been adiment that not only can Manston be saved that it can be run profitably. An opinion that, we understand, the Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce agrees with.

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