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Local News 18th April 2019



Members of the Royal Navy and Coastguard’s Agency were called to Dungeness at 5.40am yesterday after a bomb was found on the beach.

It was assessed by the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team before it was moved into the sea. The team were paged yesterday to assist Dungeness Coastguard. The Royal Navy EOD team arrived swiftly to assess the device before moving it into the sea for detonation. It was then detonated safely.



A man is in custody for brandishing an axe in Ramsgate town centre yesterday afternoon. Police Officers were called to the town after a man was seen with an axe in the High St at around 3pm. Officers attended and arrested a 43 years old man on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. There no reports of any injuries and the man remains in custody.



Four men will appear in court today accused of deliberately causing a power cut at a Kent hospital. The QEQM hospital in Margate was left without electricity for several hours in February plunging wards and the emergency department into darkness. The four men were arrested in Birmingham the day after the incident and will stand in the dock in the city today. A fifth man is due to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court in London on May 3.



The beginning of what could become a new tennis club in Thanet will be launched this Easter at the St Mildred’s Bay courts in Westgate. The Westgate and Westbrook Tennis Club will aim to attract many new and former players with regular sessions throughout the summer. The establishment of the group has won the support of officials at ‘Thanet Council’s Open Spaces Team’ and the backing of ‘Westgate Town Council’ who are both happy to see the forecourts used regularly to encourage fitness and sport. The first meeting is on Sunday April 21.






St Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, has been targeted by vandals using spray paint. The two antique doors of the church were discovered to be covered in offensive symbols last week, by the priest. The vandalism seemed to have occurred overnight. Kent police is asking for any witnesses to come forward or anyone else with information about the damage, to call them.



15,450 primary school pupils will have been offered their first preference primary school choice, yesterday. The parents of the remaining 1.839 pupils who did not receive the place they asked for, have the choice of joining the waiting list for the school of their choice or go to appeal. They have up until the 21st May to lodge their appeals. After 12th June, parents can apply directly to a school to be put on their waiting list.



Concerns of expansion and industrialisation at Ramsgate Port has prompted the Ramsgate Action Group to launch a campaign. Proposals have been put forward for a 3000 ton per hour conveyor system to be installed. One of the Action Group’s concerns are the effects the pollution could have on the Sites of Specific Interest around Pegwell and Sandwich Bay.



Visitors to Botany Bay in Broadstairs, will no longer be able to park in Kingsgate and Fitzroy Avenues from the start of the Easter weekend on Friday the 19th of April. Permit-only parking will be in place, meaning anyone parking in those two Avenues without a permit will receive a £100 fine. This is to ease the misery faced by local resident’s every time sunny weather brings hordes of London visitors down to Botany Bay. According to residents, the visitors are not always polite when requested not to park their cars across driveways.

Local News 15th April 2019
Margate Woolies building set for a new life
The purpose built building of 1925 has been largely unused since Woolworths ceased trading over 10 years ago.  The Margate School is currently renovating the store with the help of a half million pound grant from the Coastal Communities Fund and plan for a cafe, working spaces and exhibitions from September.
A dead seal was washed up at Louisa Bay
Dog walkers were advised to keep their pets away from the body which was there for several days.   TDC and KCC were alerted to remove the corpse
Former Palm Bay boutique owner celebrated her 102nd Birthday on Saturday
Gladys Wolfenden who now lives in St Peters in Margate has put her longevity down to a daily bacon sandwich and a swig of whisky.   
Vandal crows have been filmed at Margate Cemetary
Following recent appeals for CCTV at the cemetary following vandalism a local photographer has filmed the birds attacking floral tributes whilst looking for food.   There is still also concern over other matters which could only have been carried out by humans
Local News 16th April 2019
The Thanet Parkway station project has been awarded £14 million in government funding.
It will be built on the existing Ashford to Ramsgate rail line near the Sevenscore roundabout, and will be a two platform station with a 300 space car park, platforms accessible by stairs, a lift and a pedestrian bridge. The station is designed to be unstaffed, and managed remotely through the use of CCTV and intercom. Journey times between Thanet and central London should be reduced to an hour, improving the attractiveness of the area to businesses, and increasing the employment catchment area for local residents.

An open day to share proposals for a Birchington Neighbourhood Plan will take place in June.
Members of the Birchington Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan group have been looking at how proposals for another 1,600 houses in the village will affect the community and how amendments could be made to the Draft Thanet Local Plan to retain the rural character of Birchington. The event will place on June 6 from noon until 8pm at All  Saints Church Hall, and will include interactive workshops, talks, a presentation and a question and answer session.

The racing season has opened at the Royal Temple Yacht Club.
The club is going from strength to strength with new entrants joining each year. This year’s programme builds on a mix of short course, coastal and offshore races with the summer mini-regattas sitting either side of the annual Ramsgate Week international racing week in July. Racing is open to local and visiting yachts from the UK and overseas.

Real ale lovers are eagerly anticipating the return of the Planet Thanet Beer Festival.
The festival, at the Margate Winter Gardens, will be open from noon this Friday and Saturday. The event will feature a choice of up to 200 real ales, bottles of speciality and foreign beers as well as more than 70 ciders.