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Local News Wednesday June 26th 2019

Southern Water has agreed to pay £126million in penalties and rebate payments to customers.
In the course of a large-scale investigation into the water company, Ofwat, the water services watchdog, found that Southern Water failed to operate a number of wastewater treatments works properly, including not making necessary investment, which led to equipment failures and spills of wastewater into the environment. Ofwat also found that staff manipulated the wastewater sampling process which resulted in misreporting information about the performance of a number of sewage treatment sites. This meant the company avoided penalties under Ofwat’s incentive regime. The £126m package will see Southern Water pay a rebate of £123m to customers through their bills and a fine of £3m.
A woman has been rescued from the seafront lift in Broadstairs.
She was trapped for around 30 minutes due to a power cut yesterday. Kent Fire and Rescue  were called to the lift on Victoria Parade where they were able to release her. She was then left in the care of the bay inspector. Some 815 properties were affected by the power outage, which was due to an underground electricity cable fault.

A Margate woman has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Connie Stafford, who was born in the reign of George V, made many friends during her eventful life, and celebrated the landmark event yesterday with her family, who enjoyed tea, sandwiches and cakes before presenting her with that all-important telegram from the Queen.



LOCAL NEWS 25th June 2019


Thanet’s first ticketless car park has gone live at Trinity Square in Margate.
The digital system reads a motorist’s registration number via cameras at the entrance and exit of the car park, allowing users only to pay for the amount of time they are parked, rather than by the hour. There are new touchscreen machines for paying by card or smartphone as well as cash. The system allows contactless payment at the exit barrier, and regular users can register for an account online.

A Margate teacher has received an award from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Luke Evans, who works as the Science Lead Teacher at St Anthony’s School has recently started a project to renovate a large section of the school garden which has become run down over the years. The project will involve reinstating a wildlife pond which is in disrepair and revitalizing vegetable patches and the wildlife areas. Luke, who is also a qualified Forest School Leader, was presented the award by Frances Tophill from the TV programme Gardeners World.
The burned-out home of former wrestler Jackie Pallo could be demolished to make way for seven new properties.
The Ramsgate farmhouse, set in extensive grounds, was occupied by the star until his death, and then by his son, also named Jackie, and his wife Trixie. It is believed that the fire that destroyed the house in 2018 was started deliberately. A planning application has now been submitted to demolish the farmhouse and create seven new homes.
Margate councillor Helen Whitehead is to have her hair shaved and dyed in an effort to raise funds for a judicial review into the decision to replace the stroke unit at QEQM.
The decision to replace six stroke units in Kent with three hyper-acute units will mean the closure of the stroke unit in Margate’s QEQM hospital. The nearest hyper-acute unit will then be in Ashford. The campaign needs to raise £15,000. 



LOCAL NEWS 24th June 2019



The Police are investigating nine suspected arson cases in Margate in one night. The incidents occurred between 9pmand midnight on Saturday. Over the three-hour period, mattresses, bins and rubbish were intentionally set alight. Both the police and Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called to investigate. Officers are keen to speak to a white male in his 20s with short ginger hair and wearing a khaki jacket.



A resident of Arlington House who was taken to court over unpaid service charges of £5,000 has won the tenants a refund of over £100,000. A tribunal found, that the property landlord and management company had been guilty of accounting errors, double charging and overcharging for goods and services, over a period of five years. As a result individual lease holders at Arlington House will now receive between £600 and £800 each.



The Children's charity, the NSPCC has criticised the disdain shown by a sex attacker from Ramsgate. 21 year old Emily Sweetland, from Ramsgate, who grabbed or touched a number of girls and women in Canterbury and Thanet, was sentenced to three years at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday after admitting 10 counts of sexual assault and one count of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.


The Margate RNLI rescued a man from a sinking fishing boat yesterday. The 7m long fishing vessel was around two miles North West of Margate when its sole occupant contacted the Coastguard reporting that the vessel was taking in water and in need of urgent assistance. Unfortunately the boat could not be saved, despite attempts to tow the vessel back toMargate Harbour while using lifeboat's portable salvage pump.