Thanet's Daily News

Thanet's Daily News

Two hundred council-owned commercial properties without leases

05/12/22

Some 200 commercial properties owned by Thanet council have not had lease renewals since as far back as 2016 due to chronic staff shortages – meaning tenants are paying either a fraction of the market value rent or are not paying at all. Rent reviews cannot take place until the leases are dealt with. Speaking at a Thanet council governance meeting last week corporate property director Mark Peace also revealed a huge backlog for repairs and maintenance for the properties, which is likely to need an extra £1million allocated in the next budget.
Clayspace fundraiser to create ‘fully accessible’ studio at new venue

05/12/22

The team at a Cliftonville studio which offers classes in pottery, ceramics and sculpture have launched a fundraiser to renovate a new and bigger venue. Clayspace has operated as a not-for-profit social enterprise from its studio in Northdown Road for seven years, but are now on the move to a building in Ethelbert Road. The new site will mean more space and the opportunity to make sure it is accessible to all. They are hoping to raise £20,000. Details of the crowdfunding page are on the Isle of Thanet News website.
Appeal for safety measures at site of fatal cycle accident

05/12/22

Residents in the St Peters Road area are appealing for better signs, and questioning when Kent County Council will fix the broken traffic lights near the spot where nine-year-old Brandon Wells was killed on his bike in 2009. The lights have been out of action since November 20 after being demolished in a collision. A spokesperson for Kent County Council has said that they are working with their contractor to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible.
Royal Harbour Academy hosts Academy FM Christmas Fayre

05/12/22

The Academy fm Christmas Fayre took place on Saturday, with stalls offering craft, gifts and edible goodies, as well as refreshments and raffle tickets. There was also live music from Fusion and the Bread & Butter duo, and seasonal favourites from our own Lee Patrick and Debbie Day, as well as the Royal Harbour Academy Choir. A good time was had by all.
Demolition of The Townley in Ramsgate for new build flats approved

02/12/22

An application to demolish The Townley building in Ramsgate High Street and replace it with a 4-storey block containing six 2-bedroom flats and four 1-bedroom flats has been approved by Thanet council. The Townley was a small private venue which had been available for hire for a range of functions, but was no longer viable due to Covid and the large number of alternative community venues in the area. The new flats have been designed to be in keeping with the local area, and to match the adjacent property.
Information event to be held in Ramsgate by Southern Water

02/12/22

Southern Water will be holding an information evening in Ramsgate later this month. The event will be held at the Comfort Inn, Victoria Parade, on December 12 from 6pm to 8pm. The company’s Task Force team will share details of plans to reduce storm releases and tackle flooding in Margate, Deal and Swalecliffe. The drop-in will give people a chance to talk with members of the Task Force Team, meet contractors supporting the programme, and give their views.
Barletta restaurant to cease trading – impact of bank scam blamed

02/12/22

The couple behind the Barletta restaurant have announced they are to cease trading at Turner Contemporary after December 9 due to the financial impact of a bank scam. Jackson Berg and Natalia Ribbe say the loss of £50,000 from their business accounts has left them unable to continue, and are withdrawing from the gallery. Their last day of trading will be Friday 9th December, but the pair will continue to run their newly opened Sète wine bar and restaurant in Northdown Road.
Special preview of ‘Empire of Light’ showing at Palace Cinema

02/12/22

The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs will hold a special preview on January 2nd of the film Empire of Light, which was filmed in and around Margate between the end of February and May this year. Tickets for the film, which brought an estimated £4million into the Thanet economy, went on sale yesterday, and sold out within half an hour.
Ambulance workers vote to take strike action over pay

01/12/22

More than 10,000 ambulance workers have voted to strike. Nine trusts across England and Wales, including South East Coast Ambulance Service will walk out over the next few weeks. Thanet paramedics, emergency care assistants and call handlers are now set to follow suit. Workers across the ambulance services and some NHS Trusts have voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award. The service’s union the GMB are calling it another massive real terms pay cut. GMB will now meet with representatives in the coming days to discuss potential strike dates before Christmas.
Man charged over theft from terminally ill Ramsgate pensioner

01/12/22

A man has been charged with conspiracy to burgle in Ramsgate. Terry Price from Leopold Road who is terminally ill had £3,000 in his home to use for his funeral. He believed he knew who had taken the money. He had been taken shopping on the day of the break-in and was away from his home for no longer than 45 minutes. A fundraiser set up by a neighbour raised over £8000. Some of the funds will be donated to a charity. Mark Queen of Gordon Road Margate has been charged with conspiracy to burgle and a 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains on bail.
Hartsdown swimming pool earmarked for May 2023 reopening

01/12/22

The swimming pool at Hartsdown Leisure Centre in Margate is expected to reopen in May 2023 – more than a year after it was shut due to roof damage caused by Storm Eunice in February. Operators Your Leisure have now confirmed work started on site this week. They have apologised for the closure and promised to keep the public informed regarding the opening date.
Broadstairs woman dies in early morning M2 crash

30/11/22

Broadstairs flight attendant, Heidie Lee Locke, was on her way to Heathrow at around 6.15 on Sunday morning, when her red Nissan Qashqai was involved in a collision with a red Mercedes-Benz C 200 AMG between the Faversham & Sittingbourne junctions of the London-bound M2. Heide died at the scene. A man was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. Kent Police are keen to talk to anyone with dashcam footage or information, particularly the driver of a light-coloured van which may have been overtaken by the Mercedes before the collision. // Drivers should call the SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538, or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk, quoting reference AH/SC/131/22.
Teen arrested after car smashes into six vehicles in Cliftonville

30/11/22

Six vehicles in Cliftonville were damaged when a driver smashed into them at around 3am on Monday. An uninsured driver had been signalled to pull over by a police patrol but ignored officers and crashed into the cars in Norfolk Road soon afterwards. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and drink driving. He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Government reports huge increase in diphtheria cases among asylum seekers

30/11/22

Government statistics released on Monday show that 45 cases of diphtheria have been reported among asylum seekers in the last two months. Cases have mostly been identified in the South East shortly after people’s arrival to the UK. The risk to the wider UK population is apparently low due to the childhood immunisation programme. A UK Health Security Agency report says that many of the cases have originated from diphtheria endemic countries and those people have spent many weeks travelling across Europe before reaching England.
Pilot pharmacy project at QEQM Emergency Department made permanent

30/11/22

A six-month pilot project installing pharmacy staff at QEQM Hospital’s Emergency Department is now permanent after a successful trial run. The facility, which is not common in NHS Trusts, has had significant benefits for patients and colleagues. The Trust is now looking to recruit more staff to join Pharmacy technicians Michelle Brown and Ben Smith.
Car accident statistics involving children show Thanet’s poor record

29/11/22

It has been revealed that more children have been knocked over by cars in Thanet over the last six years than in any other district in Kent. In 2015, a 14-year-old boy, Charlie Richardson, was struck and killed by a car in Westgate. Almost 70 children under the age of 15 were hurt by vehicles in the district between 2015 and 2021. Residents in Ramsgate are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit across the town with the aim of preventing another tragedy.
Suspected gas leak caused part closure of Ramsgate Harbour Street

29/11/22

Part of Ramsgate’s Harbour Street was cordoned off following a suspected gas leak on Sunday. Stores had opened for the Christmas Fair and light switch on in the town. At 12.51pm fire crews were called to a suspected leak at The Goose Public House. Part of the road was closed while crews ventilated the building and checked that the area was safe. The Christmas light switch on was not affected.
Meat cleaver found in local park during police weapon search

29/11/22

A meat cleaver which had been hidden in Ramsgate’s Boundary Park was just one of the weapons recovered by Kent Police during a national campaign to tackle knife crime. Operation Sceptre, which ran from November 14th until 20th, recovered a total of 92 knives throughout the county including 61 knives which had been put into 10 ‘surrender bins’. More than 140 stop searches were completed and 36 people were arrested for various offences, including drugs and possession of knives. // If you have concerns about someone you know who may be carrying a knife, or is involved in knife crime, report it online at www.kent.police.uk/report.
Money Advice Hubs to open in Cliftonville and Ramsgate

29/11/22

A new Kent Money Advice Hub has been launched to support people who are struggling financially or need help to manage the increasing cost of living. The service is available for anyone who is worried about money and aims to encourage those who may be reluctant to come forward for money advice to take the first step. Local hubs will be located at the Ramsgate Salvation Army building and the Cliftonville Community Centre. // Opening times at the Thanet hubs are: at Cliftonville Community Centre, St. Paul’s Rd, open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30am-3.30pm and Tue 9.30-1pm and at Ramsgate Salvation Army Centre, 167A High Street, open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am to 12 noon and Tue and Fri 8am to 12 noon.
Councillors told Manston processing centre has not been ‘stood down’

28/11/22

The Manston processing centre has not been ‘stood down’ by the Home Office and is undergoing a deep clean and adjustments, a meeting of Thanet councillors has been told. All people who had been at the centre were moved on to other accommodation earlier last week. Councillors at an Overview and Scrutiny meeting were told by chief executive Colin Carmichael that it is thought that the people were moved to sites outside the county, although a Home Office representative has said that it is likely the centre will be used again.
Woman arrested in connection with burglary from terminally ill man

28/11/22

A woman has been arrested in connection with a Ramsgate burglary where the savings of a terminally ill pensioner were stolen. Terry Price says he had hidden some £3,000 in his home which he had planned to use to pay for his funeral and wake, but this was taken when his home was ransacked. Mr Price believed he knew the identities of the culprits and said it was clear the break-in was by someone who knew exactly where he had put the money.
Recruitment open days for new Margate specialist stroke rehabilitation unit

28/11/22

A new specialist stroke rehabilitation unit for people in east Kent is to open at Westbrook House in Canterbury Road, Margate. A team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dietitians have already been recruited, but Kent Community Health Trust is looking to fill several other roles for rehabilitation care assistants, nurses and a clinical sister. // The Trust is holding recruitment open days at Westbrook House on Friday, 9 December and Saturday, 14 January from 9am to 3pm.
Thanet students win big Kent-wide award

28/11/22

Post-16 students at Laleham Gap School have been declared overall winners at the Kent Green Awards. The event, held at the Ashford International Hotel, was attended by head teacher Paul Ursell and three students. Their project in the category ‘Cleaner Air and Climate’ was described by presenter Nicola Everett as ‘’truly inspiring’’. Two students went up to collect the awards - the framed certificates will go up in the school’s reception area, and the glass trophy in the school’s display cabinet.

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Turner Jackson & Day
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The Line Rangers
We offer Line Dancing Classes in Birchington, Westgate and Monkton. We are also available for parties and other special occasions.
Cannons Chauffeur Services
We specialise in transfers to and from all major UK airports. We also cater for West End theatre trips, all major tourist attractions in London and the South East and the cruise ship ports.
London & County Financial Advisors
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Danny Jeffery Interiors
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Neva Consultants
Neva Consultants are an independent vehicle sourcing, funding and management specialist for Business and Personal customers alike.
Busywebs Web Design
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