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LOCAL NEWS MONDAY 13th JANUARY 2020
 
 
The council has dropped plans for pay and display parking in Westgate, Westbrook and Minnis Bay
The plans were first mooted in 2018 and revived again last September for The Parade at Minnis Bay, Canterbury Road, Westbrook and Cuthbert, St Mildreds and Station Roads in Westgate but after lots of objections the Joint Transportation Board has decided not to proceed.   Cllr Steve Albon said they has listened to the concerns raised by local people and businesses.
 
 
 
Emergency services rescued a man from Margate Harbour on Saturday morning
Police, ambulance, coastguard and the fire brigade all attended Stone Pier just after 6 when a man became stuck in the mud.   He was taken to hospital for treatment after being pulled out.
 
 
 
800 Porcelain tiles will be installed at Ramsgate's Kent Steps this Spring
The tiles have been made by local students average age 13 from Royal Harbour Academy and Chatham & Clarenden Grammar Schools and inspired by 19th century Ramsgate architect Augustus Pugin.   It is part of a project called In Step With Pugin run by The Town Team, Pugin Society and Historic England.   There were 90 designs of which 25 were chosen but others may be used in other projects.   Orbit Housing, The Council and The Town team are sprucing up the area which will be part of the  Pugin Trail.

 

 

Local News Wednesday 15th January 2020 

  

Salary concerns have been raised over regional adoption agency plans
Since 2016, Kent County Council, Medway Council and the London Borough of Bexley Council have been working together to deliver a regionalised adoption service, which is expected to be finalised by October 2020. A budget of £4.1m has been allocated, with Kent County Council expected to invest £2.9m for the first financial year. However, recruitment concerns have been raised by KCC over pay differentials, as staff at adjoining Bexley will receive a London weighting, making employment in the rest of Kent less attractive.

 

 

Network Rail has started work on a footbridge replacement at Westgate-on-Sea railway station
Major works will be undertaken during the night from 10pm until 7am, and during the day from 7am to 4pm. Staff will also be on site during the day carrying out other works that can be done while the station is open. They will also be working during line closures at weekends. The works are due to be completed by the beginning of June.
 
 
 
Demolition has begun on the former Braces pub in Ramsgate
 The pub, formerly known as the Swiss Cottage and before that the Duke of Kent, has been standing empty for over 10 years, and had become a dumping ground attracting rats. Nearby residents also expressed fears for the safety of young people trespassing on the site. An application has now been made to build 12 two-bedroom and 2 one-bedroom flats in its place.

 

Major delays are set to continue on the Sandwich bypass
 The works, which began last December after a burst pipe, will continue with no end in sight as Southern Water carries out work on a second sewer pipe. Motorists have complained that there appears to be no activity on the site, but Southern Water says there is work going on ‘behind the scenes’ with Kent County Council to assess whether the road is safe to use.

 

 

Local News Thursday 16th January 2020

 

 

The trustees of charity Ramsgate Arts Festival Ltd have won their legal case over the no-show of Ramsgate’s 300ft water slide in 2017.

The charity brought civil proceedings against Adam Faulkner, the owner and operator of inflatables company Bloon. Organisers said at the time they “had been left reeling” by the failure to deliver the attraction and revealed they were only notified that it would not be delivered the night before it was due to arrive. The charity has now won its case against Mr Barclay-Faulkner and hopes to recoup some of the lost costs.

 

 

Thanet council plans to open a review into its policy of charging for replacement refuse and recycling bins.

The proposal is part of the authority’s latest financial plan, which was approved by Cabinet members on January 14 to go forward to a scrutiny panel and then Full Council next month – it lays out ideas for improving services and generating income.

 

 

The ‘Victorian’ sea bathing machine commissioned by Dom Bridges has been granted an extended licence to stay on Margate Main Sands.

It had been on the beach since September and was originally granted the right to stay for the duration of the Turner Prize. Fears were raised that it would now have to be removed but Thanet council has now confirmed it is willing to extend the licence until April.

 

 

Tributes have been paid to popular Thanet teacher Beryl Sutherland who has died at the age of 92.

Beryl, who died peacefully at home on Christmas morning, taught domestic science and home economics for many years at the Charles Dickens School and St George’s School. Her funeral is being held at 9.30am on Thursday January 16, at Thanet Crematorium, Margate. Her family ask that any donations be made to Age UK Thanet.