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Was Manston airport always doomed?

With the "threat" of imminent closure we wonder aloud why the current owner purchased the airport as a business?

It seems that only a few (non-literal) minutes ago a certain rich lady (Ann Gloag) purchased the airport business at Manston. For a pound, if I recall. Now the airport is looking like it will close.

Local MPs have, as is their job, staggered into action to try and "save the airport". With possible buyers being found fairly quickly.

The question is why buy a business only to close it so quickly?

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Wealth creation in Thanet

Real wealth creation in Thanet connot afford to rely on house prices, loans and big enterprise that leave once they have sucked out all of the value they can.

From 2014 wealth creation in places like Margate High Street will need to focus on creating opportunity for sustained economic activity. That means businesses, sometimes very small businesses, that are profitable enough to keep going longer than a year or two. It's all well and good hoping for some magical one-size-fits-all solution to drop from the sky and give us thousands of ready made jobs but that is never going to happen.

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Getting Thanet Innovating

There is a secret to innovation and it is not in creating new industrial parks or unsustainable house builds.

Recently I talked about Getting Tahnet Working and how innovation was the only key we have to generating a sustainable flow of new jobs.

Time and again we are told innovation is dependant on culture and that culture is something we can build.

The Guardian reports that Thanet is divided over whether hopes for revival lie in ports and factories or culture and cafes and miss the point entirely. We need to foster culture to foster innovation but we need to rebuild things like our port to increase opportunity.

However without the culture that gives us innovation what use is opportunity?

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Getting Thanet working

What Margate needs, what Thanet as a whole needs too, is jobs but the big question is how do we provide them?

In this post I take a common sense look at work, employment and jobs in Thanet.

The first thing we think of when we talk of getting more people into work is jobs. We talk about creating new jobs. We talk about joblessness. We say this person is earning and thus contributing but not that one like the whole issue was cut and dry.

Admittedly for the vast majority of people gainful employment may be in the form of "a job" but where are these jobs going to come from and are there other options?

That might seem like two entirely separate questions but they have one single simple answer. An answer I am going to share with you right now.

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Arlington House Tesco gets go-ahead

Louise Oldfield's High Court challenge to Arlington House proposals known locally as the Arlington TESCO project has failed, according the The Thanet Gazette.

This means that the demolition of the shops in Arlington Square will go head in preparation for the building of a 82,000 sq ft store by Metropolitan Property Realizations. Mary Portas had branded the project as a disturbing threat to regeneration.

Ms Oldfield claimed that the full combined impacts of the various regeneration projects on Margate's transport network and on the sewage system should have been considered in an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) says The Thanet Gazette

Lord Justice Moses also ordered Ms Oldfield to pay 2,000 legal costs. Permission to appeal has been refused although I understand that she is still free to approach the Court of Appeal for permission.

Arlington House Tesco gets go-ahead

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