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Local News, Friday 15 December 2017, David Stringer


A young Margate man has been convicted of rape.
The incident happened on a Ramsgate beach in August last year, where the young lady had agreed to meet Oliver Cooper early one Sunday morning. But she did not agree to what happened next and on Wednesday at Canterbury Crown Court Cooper was found guilty of rape, though not guilty on three other rape charges. He will be sentenced later.

A Ramsgate youth project has been boosted by a £49,500 grant.
Project MotorHouse have been awarded the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to partner with the Ramsgate Society. ‘Harbouring Hopes for Ramsgate’ will be centred on the town’s Royal Harbour and will involve 14 Year 8 students from the Royal Harbour Academy and 14 Year 8 students from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar. They will be exploring the skills needed to repair Ramsgate’s harbour, the training available and the job opportunities offered by the heritage sector in Kent and beyond.

Thanet means business on littering.
19 people who failed to pay fines for littering, or respond to two later warning letters, were summoned to Canterbury Magistrates Court last week. The 6 offenders who attended court were each fined a total of £190, but the unlucky 13 who were not in court faced penalties of £370 each, plus of course a criminal record. Thanet Council is determined to uphold its zero-tolerance approach to littering, which ranked high on the recent Residents Survey.

…And Thanet Council has to consider action against its own Litter Contractors.
Photographs were passed to Councillor Reverend Stuart Piper, Cabinet Member for Housing and Open Spaces, of groups of Kingdom litter officers apparently smoking and dropping cigarette butts in an alley by the Mill Lane Car Park. The Council has now confirmed that the matter will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

More disclosures on the closing Ramsgate Dental Practice.
Anger among the 8,000 patients needing a new dentist after next March, has made life hard for the landlords, since many believed that the decision to close was prompted by rising rent. The truth seems to be that the rent has remained the same for 11 years. The tenants are in fact the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, who are not renewing the rental contract.

Margate firefighters will be racing to QEQM next week.
…But there will be no flashing blue lights, since this will be their annual visit to the Rainbow Children’s Ward, armed with presents for the children stuck in hospital over Christmas. Public donations to the firefighters collections before Christmas each year, allow some support for various charities as well as the very welcome children’s toys.

Thanet food and drink businesses look set to do well in Kent awards.
Next year’s Taste of Kent Awards, organised by ‘Produced in Kent’ since 2004, should feature a few of our local firms. Voting closes on January 2nd, with the Top 10 to choose from in each of the 14 categories. Best Restaurant,
Beer, Butcher Shop, Food Producer, Local Food Retailer and Juice, all feature Thanet providers in their Top 10.
Thanet businesses on the Taste of Kent Awards shortlist:

Restaurant
The Empire Room in Ramsgate
Buoy and Oyster in Margate
The Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs

Beer
Gadds No3 and Gadds No5 from the Ramsgate Brewery Ltd

Butcher Shop
Chef and Butcher in Broadstairs
Quex barn in Birchington

Food producer
Bessie’s Tea Parlour in Broadstairs
Curiously Kentish in Birchington

Local food retailer
Quex Barn in Birchington

Juice
Little Stour Orchard

 

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