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Your Letters: Is Roger Gale doing too little for Manston?

George Cunningham writes to us expressing dissatisfaction with the governments slow response to the issue of Manston.

I am disappointed that, yet again, there is a further delay in resolving the Manston Airport issue. The government yesterday appointing a consultant to undertake a review of the process until now on decisions about the future of Manston Airport is just that. One has the impression that this is being deliberately spun out by the two main parties until after the general and district elections on 7th May.

Even if the Department of Transport announces at the last minute that it will support the CPO, there is no guarantee that the next government will honour it. Sir Roger Gale whispering in the ear of the prime minister and chancellor and getting encouraging noises in return, visits by Tory notables to the airport and TDC et al, are no substitute for the hard and fast resolution of this issue which seems always being evaded and delayed.

George Cunningham, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Thanet.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with George Cunningham? Tell us in the comments.

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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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Letters: Reforming the Bedroom Tax

Thanet Star recently received a letter from Lib-Dem George Cunningham.

Dear sirs,

With the so called bedroom tax affecting so many people here in the Thanet area, the good news is that the Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.

Under the proposals, which were passed recently in the House of Commons, existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.

Our plans mean that any financial penalty would go to the housing provider rather than the individual claimant. The new system would incentivise social landlords to reduce the number of tenants under-occupying their homes, freeing up bigger properties for larger families.

These proposed changes to the policy have been welcomed by a number of organisations including Shelter, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Crisis, Oxfam and the Disability Benefits Consortium

However, Conservatives have stated publicly that they oppose reforms to bedroom tax and although Labour support the removal of the spare room subsidy, they have not indicated that they would also change the rules for the private sector.

George Cunningham

Liberal Democrat PPC for North Thanet

We at Thanet Star are pleased that George is taking this issue seriously. We recently received word that Sir Gale voted to keep the Bedroom Tax as it is at the moment - a deeply unfair and broken tax.

Well done Mr Cunningham.

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Should we legalise Cannabis?

Should we legalise Cannabis to prevent the sale of more harmful "legal highs"?

Cannabis Joint

Given the news that Trading Standards are cracking down on the dangerous "legal highs" is it time to consider the less leathal yet non-legal alternatives?

Tell us what you think.

Remember to keep the debate interesting and enjoyable please attack the opinion and not the person. Thank you.

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Last night's storm

This video was also captured by In Touch With Thanet's Duncan.

Here we can see the sea rolling in up the road from the sea front in Broadstairs. It's not that choppy but the tide was very high.

Keep your storm photo's and video's rolling in.

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Hyper-localism

For those interested in blogging local news in and arround the UK this BBC article from last year is sure to be of interest.

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Did you know?

Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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MP Roger Gail (thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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Too popular

On Wednesday 28th May the article The staggering truth about Gloag's Manston deal was so popular that it was briefly unreachable as the server could not supply pages fast enough.

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Did Labour Lie?

Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line? Comment now on Thanet Star.

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MRP Minutes

All of the Margate Renewal Partnership Board Meeting Minutes (Via FOI)

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Manston Airport

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

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CCG to review

Thanet CCG told by High Court judge that policy on assistive reproduction technique is “unlawful”. [link]

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