Local News Tuesday 31st March 2020
Changes are being made to stroke ward arrangements and cancer surgery at East Kent Hospitals Trust as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The number of Intensive care beds at East Kent Hospitals will rise from 33 to 132. From this week stroke services will move to Kent and Canterbury Hospital and from mid-April cancer surgery will also be provided at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. All non urgent planned care appointments are being cancelled.
New contracts have been signed between the Government and rail operators, Southeastern.
The new agreement aims to ensure jobs are protected in the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. In the longer-term, there will be improvements, including increased capacity at peak times, more front-line staff and more fares trials for passengers when the rail network returns to normal following the disruption caused by COVID-19.
The A256 Sandwich Bypass reopened yesterday; the carriageway has been shut since December following a burst sewer.
The road was expected to reopen at the end of last month however a further issue was identified on a second sewer pipe which runs underneath the same section of road. Southern Water have now completed their vital work in the area.
Couples and families have been banned from shopping together at Waitrose as the supermarket ups its efforts against Coronavirus.
The upmarket retailer, which has more than a dozen stores across Kent, says only one member of any household will be permitted to enter the supermarket to buy essentials. The move is a bid to crackdown on crowds in aisles and at the checkouts.
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Thanet Council is getting tough with organisations that ignore closure rules.
The regulations forced many businesses – including pubs, clubs and cafes – to close from March 20th, but pub ‘lock-ins’ and other infringements have been reported to TDC. The Council has already issued a number of warning letters and next steps could include forced closure, unlimited fines or withdrawal of operating licences.
Our Kitchen and Ramsgate Town Council team will continue with free food deliveries.
A disagreement over operating procedures and a partial withdrawal of funding arose over the weekend. But grants from two Councillors’ member funds, the hard work from Ramsgate Town Council staff with many other local volunteers and charities have secured the deliveries to those in critical need during the pandemic crisis. Sharon Goodyear’s stalwart work with Our Kitchen is appreciated across Thanet.
The huge Ramsgate sinkhole has now been filled.
The hole in Southwood Road first appeared on March 17th. Gas and water pipes were soon diverted, but the hole opened further last weekend, 40 feet deep and revealing 3 tunnels presumably used as wartime shelters. The hole has now been filled with rubble plus 1,000 tonnes of concrete and resurfacing will happen soon.
A Margate woman has been caught trying to break into cars.
Early yesterday morning (31st March), the woman was seen trying car doors in Third Avenue, Cliftonville. Police responded quickly and arrested the woman, who was carrying a glass hammer and a number of bank cards.
An unexpected outcome from some supermarket regulations.
We reported yesterday, on the first supermarket to forbid couples and families in their stores, in an effort to reduce crowded aisles and checkouts. We have since heard of a rush for quickie divorces, so that both parties can continue the latest craze for insulating their homes with stacks of toilet rolls.