Live updates

Advertisement

Multi-million pound investment in trains goes ahead

A multimillion pound investment in trains in east Kent gets the go-ahead today.

Network Rail are to upgrade the line between Ashford and Thanet to improve journey times for High Speed trains.

A new station's already been earmarked for Manston Parkway near Ramsgate.

"This upgrade to our high-speed service is of enormous importance to Thanet, opening up a whole new range of economic opportunities for our area. Before my election, local residents told me that they felt left at the end of the line. We have fought tirelessly to change this and worked hard to secure Government funding for Thanet. I am absolutely thrilled that with this, journey times are now being reduced which will open the doors to more investment and more visitors. This is a huge win for Thanet."

– Laura Sandys, MP for Thanet South

Advertisement

Thanet constituency contest "good for tourism"

Business leaders say the contest for the south Thanet constituency will encourage tourism. UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be trying to win his party's first parliamentary seat there in the next general election. And that's expectedto bring the media spotlight on the region.

ITV Meridian spoke to David Foley from East Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Thanet gothic style church praised by visitors

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

A gothic style church has been voted the best tourist attraction in the coastal region of Thanet. St Augustine in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors on website TripAdvisor.

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

Some of the comments include-

"Loved this church which has been restored beautifully - friendly volunteers who were keen to share their knowledge with us. Beautiful."

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

"Wonderful building and lovely interior. Interesting layout and passion tableau. [F]riendly steward who took time to explain about the architect and the buildings. Serene atmosphere and beautiful colours. Opportunity to light candles and buy postcards and homemade preserves."

MP backs anti-ivory protest

Roger Gale MP is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of the ivory trade

Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare as the charity crushed hundreds of items of unwanted ivory to help protect elephants from the deadly ivory trade.

Around 100kg of ivory items ranging from whole elephant tusks to carvings and jewelry to raise awareness of the ivory trade and show support for elephant protection ahead of a major international summit on the issue.

An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. It is estimated that at least 25,000 elephants and up to 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their tusks.

Load more updates