Thanet's Daily News

Thanet's Daily News

Man taken to London hospital after fall ‘from height’ in Westgate

25/05/22

A man has been taken to a London hospital after falling ‘from a height’ in St Mildred’s Road, Westgate, at around 9am yesterday morning (24th). Police, ambulance, fire service and the air ambulance all attended the scene while the road was temporarily closed. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
Police thank public for quick response in attempted murder appeal

25/05/22

Kent Police has thanked the public for a quick response to its appeal about a wanted man. Shortly after asking for information, Charlie Lee was arrested in Thanet on suspicion of attempted murder.
KCC considers developing strategy to protect and enhance coastal areas

25/05/22

Kent County Council is considering formulating ‘Plan Sea’ – an in-depth strategy for Kent’s 350-mile coastline and the waters off it. Food production, renewable energy and the boost to the economy of tourism were among the subjects listed as worthy of exploration in a report considered by county councillors last Thursday (19th). There was also a call for pollution to be added to the agenda.
Hornby Hobbies on the right tracks for business growth

25/05/22

Margate’s Hornby Hobbies has successfully secured commercial funding of £12 million. This injection of capital will allow for further product development and to continue to meet demand from a global market. Revenue has increased by almost 50%, and the workforce has been expanded, since the company returned to Margate with its restructured management team in 2019.
Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival 2022 exhibition now open

25/05/22

More than 600 paintings by children and staff from 35 isle schools and colleges are now on display at The Margate School in the High Street. The exhibition can be viewed until Sunday, June 5; weekdays 10am to 5.30pm, weekends 10am to 4.30 pm. The annual Thanet Schools Young Artist’s Festival is organised by Margate Rotary.
Death reported at local gym

24/05/22

A person has died after collapsing at a sports centre in Margate. Air ambulance crews and paramedics were called to Infinity Fitness in College Square, at just after 2.pm on Wednesday (18th). Despite the efforts of medics, the individual was pronounced dead at the scene.
Criticism of KCC’s plans to cut 55 subsidised bus routes

24/05/22

Plans by Kent County Council to cut a number of bus services have been described as “Bonkers”. The council would like to cut 55 subsidised bus routes across Kent. The services are considered beneficial to local communities but not profitable to the local authority. Strong objections have been raised concerning social isolation for residents in rural areas and harm to the environment, with the potential for more car journeys and CO2 emissions. The proposed £2.2m cuts have been described as “pragmatic”, resulting from high financial pressures due to Covid. No final decision has been made.
Declining insect numbers in Kent ‘extremely concerning’

24/05/22

A new study published by Kent Wildlife Trust has found that insect numbers have declined by 72% in the county between 2004 and 2021. The rate of decline across the whole of the UK was 59% over the same period. The findings are a concern because insects, such as bees and butterflies, pollinate food crops and are a critical component of the ecosystem.
Dreamland park to reopen for weekends and school holidays

24/05/22

Dreamland is due to reopen on Sunday. The site will be open for school holidays and at weekends from May 29th. Rides on offer will include the Waltzer, Whirl Around and Gallopers, alongside last year’s addition – The Ghost Train. The park is free to enter with rides operated on a pay-per-ride basis.
Update on council tax rebate payments by Thanet council

23/05/22

Thanet council has completed payments of the £150 council tax rebate to direct debit customers. Last Friday, the council started to issue letters to households who pay with cash. The authority predicts that all letters will be sent by 30 May.
Protest outside South Thanet MP’s office

23/05/22

Last Saturday, around 100 people protested outside the Broadstairs office of South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay to highlight climate change and the cost of living crisis. The protestors said this is the first of a series of similar events. Mr Mackinlay chairs the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, which opposes many of the government’s net zero policies.
Fund for tenants and homeowners in arrears due to Covid

23/05/22

Councils in Kent have reached a milestone in their campaign to prevent homelessness as a result of Covid. Local Authorities have now given out almost £1.5m of the funding allocated to the county to help tackle rent and mortgage arrears that have built up as a direct result of the pandemic. // For more information, visit www.supportforkentlandlords.co.uk.
Teenage team behind cookery programme ready for series two

23/05/22

The team behind a YouTube cookery competition filmed in Ramsgate is planning a second series. Xen’s Cooking, involves contestants with little or no experience cooking to impress judges. The production team are all aged 18 or younger. They are now working on securing Thanet venues and guest judges for the second series. // For more information, go to www.facebook.com/xenscooking
Thanet Wanderers SEND sessions and free girls rugby club

23/05/22

Thanet Wanderers is starting free sessions for youngsters with special educational needs. They are non-contact sessions on Tuesdays from June 7 - July 19, from 5.00 to 6.30 pm. The club has also received funding to start a free Girls Rugby Club for ages 11-18. It will run on Tuesdays from June 14, from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. All sessions will be held at St Peter’s Rec in Broadstairs. // For further information, contact: james.green86@hotmail.co.uk or call Jimmy Green on 07540838196
Government funding of £300k awarded for ambitious ‘Pugin Chambers’ project

20/05/22

A project to save Pugin’s Grade II listed Granville Hotel in Ramsgate from obscurity is back on track thanks to a £300,000 grant from the Government’s Community Ownership Fund. Minister for Levelling Up Neil O’Brien MP was in Ramsgate yesterday to meet the team behind the project. The funds have been awarded to Ramsgate community interest company Heritage Lab to create refurbished spaces at the historic site for exhibitions, community events, shared working and conferences.
Pilot scheme at QEQM Hospital to improve care for homeless

20/05/22

A pilot project has been launched at the QEQM aimed at helping improve access to health and social care for homeless people. A team has been set up featuring a specialist GP, dedicated homelessness nurse and a housing specialist from charity Porchlight. They will work together with staff at the hospital to identify people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or in temporary accommodation, and anyone else who finds it difficult to access health services.
Fire crews attend tipped up skip lorry in Kingsgate Avenue

20/05/22

A skip lorry which upended in Kingsgate Avenue yesterday was attended by the fire service as well as the technical rescue unit. The road was closed while the lorry, which had tipped into a vertical position, was righted. The driver was unhurt, and the road has been reopened to traffic.
Margate RNLI rescue unmanned yacht adrift at sea

20/05/22

Margate RNLI has towed in a dismasted yacht after it broke free from its moorings yesterday. The vessel, which was adrift around half a mile off Margate harbour, was removed after being deemed a navigation hazard. The boat, which was unmanned, was returned to the harbour arm by the RNLI who re-secured it to its mooring.
Restructure of Thanet council following damning report

20/05/22

Eight recommendations to deal with Thanet council governance failings were agreed last night – including the creation of a role responsible for HR, and the requirement for chief executive Madeline Homer to enter into a formal coaching and mentoring arrangement. Thanet District Council unanimously agreed to auditor Grant Thornton’s four statutory recommendations – including bringing in an independent Monitoring Officer to carry out a risk assessment of the current employment tribunal claims and proposed actions including a detailed financial analysis of the options available to the council.
Two boys arrested over attempted Cliftonville burglary

19/05/22

Two schoolboys from Margate have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. The two boys from Margate, aged 13 and 14, were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and criminal damage and were taken into custody. Officers were called to Ethelbert Crescent on Sunday (15th), where two boys were found in a nearby alleyway. The 14-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm after recovering a BB gun. They have been released on bail until 8 June while enquiries continue.
Councillors approve aggregate berth ‘replacement’ at Ramsgate Port

19/05/22

Thanet District Council’s Planning Committee have approved an installation of a 119-metre berth at the Port of Ramsgate. It follows the removal of the previous berth 4/5 in November 2020, which had reached the end of its operational life. The contract for the berth was awarded to the firm that previously had its offer of two-for-one pontoons rejected by Thanet council. The proposed berth consists of a floating pontoon while a hinged gangway will accommodate tidal movement. The berth is scheduled to be installed during the summer months.
Two Ramsgate teenagers arrested over stabbing in Folkestone

19/05/22

Two teenage boys from Ramsgate have been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Folkestone. Kent Police was called to a disturbance in the town at around 8pm on Tuesday evening (17th). Two teenage boys were treated at the scene for stab wounds and were taken to hospital where they both remain in a stable condition. Police believe the group all knew each other. Two boys from Ramsgate, aged 14 and 15, have been arrested in connection with the assault and remain in custody while enquiries continue.
Callum Wheeler found guilty of murdering PCSO Julia James

18/05/22

Kent Police’s biggest-ever operation came to a close at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday (16th), when the jury took an hour to find Callum Wheeler guilty of murdering PCSO Julia James at Aylesham. Investigations into the brutal murder involved over 1,100 officers from 3 counties, plus many volunteers from police and the local community. Technology played a large part, with evidence from Julia’s smart-watch and various sources of CCTV footage. Wheeler will be sentenced later. // Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley has created an annual award in Julia James’s name for the Police Community Support Officer of the Year.
Margate man jailed for sexual offences against a child

18/05/22

Aron Scott, of Birds Avenue, Margate, pleaded guilty in court last Wednesday (11th) to 12 historic charges of sexual offences against a child, including multiple rapes. The offences, which continued for many years, began when Scott was a teenager and his victim was 6 years old. Scott was jailed for 10 years, 10 months with an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
KCC to streamline support for low-income families

18/05/22

Kent County Council agreed on Monday (16th) to find a new contractor to streamline the delivery of financial vouchers and gift cards for low-income families. The council currently controls a number of schemes to support struggling families. The aim is to employ one contractor to provide an integrated service, to improve quality and reduce costs.
New Margate mayoral team and Freeman announced

18/05/22

A new Margate mayoral team was elected at the Margate Charter Trustees annual meeting on Monday night (16th). Cllr Heather Keen was elected Mayor, Caroline Friday as Mayoress, and Cllr Rob Yates as Deputy Mayor. Retiring Mayor Mick Tomlinson announced that Tracey Emin will be made a Freeman of Margate later in the year, in recognition of all she has done for the town. He didn’t know that a delighted Tracey was present at the large gathering.
Independent officer’s findings on TDC governance being discussed this week

17/05/22

A report concerning the governance at Thanet District Council is to be discussed by councillors this week. The report was compiled by Quentin Baker, Director of Law and Governance for Hertfordshire County Council, who was appointed independent monitoring officer. Mr Baker assessed the status of all outstanding grievances, whistleblowing complaints and suspensions and proposed a plan of action to address them. The meeting to discuss the report will be held in private although Mr Baker’s recommendations are expected to be published.
Emergency services inspect suspicious object on Margate sands

17/05/22

Emergency Services were called to a suspicious object that washed ashore in Margate last week. A member of the public reported finding a corroded cylinder which was making a hissing sound. Fire crews and the coastguard were called to a section of the beach at Marine Terrace shortly before 5pm on Thursday evening (12th). Upon inspection it was determined that the object did not pose a risk to the public.
Ramsgate’s Granville Theatre now for sale on the open market

17/05/22

The Granville Theatre in Ramsgate has been put up for sale. A proposal by the not-for-profit group, the Kent Film Foundation to take over the freehold through a "community asset transfer", was rejected by Thanet District Council. Kent Film Foundation had wanted to create an arts centre called The Sandcastle which would feature a new theatre space, two cinema screens and an organic restaurant. The venue, which opened in 1947, has now been put on the market although no price has been revealed.
Ellington May Fair enjoyed by thousands

17/05/22

Thousands of people enjoyed the Ellington May Fair on Sunday after a two-year break. Families packed out the park to enjoy live music, stalls, and train rides from the Ramsgate and District Model Engineering Club. The popular event was suspended in 2020 while a new café and playground were built in the park. Last year the event was cancelled due to Covid.
Ramsgate Town Council calling for urgent meeting over ‘prevalent crime’

16/05/22

Ramsgate Town Council is asking for an urgent meeting with police and district council chiefs to discuss the level of crime in the town. Councillors say they have a long-standing concern which has been heightened by two serious assaults last month. The Town Clerk is now awaiting responses and residents will be kept informed.
Councillors concerns over ‘unrelenting’ mental health crisis in Kent

16/05/22

There is an “unrelenting” mental health crisis in Kent, according to a recent report. Around 15,000 patients are relying on mental health support across the south east of England and London, described as a “significant caseload” by NHS bosses. Referrals at the North East London Foundation Trust have risen from around 85 children per month in March last year to 140 in February this year. The trust says outdoor activities like gardening are being explored, along with art and music therapy.
The Kitchen CT9 in Cliftonville to close for good

16/05/22

The Kitchen CT9 in Cliftonville will be closing its doors for good on May 28. It was set up in 2018 by Alexander Roarke and Ann Newstead. It used surplus food from shops and created a menu with affordable prices. But the couple has found that community needs have changed and eating out is less of a priority because of rising bills. They will establish a new venture called The Lounge in Westwood Business Park.
Seven Blue Flags and three Seaside Awards for Thanet

16/05/22

Thanet has received seven blue flags and three seaside awards from Keep Britain Tidy. These are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting its best beaches. The isle has added two Blue Flags to last year’s tally with Botany Bay and Joss Bay regaining their status.

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