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First stage of application to reinstate Manston as an airport submitted

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The campaign to reopen Manston Airport has moved a step forward, with the first stages of a planning application submitted.

The plan requires the compulsory purchase of the land from the current owners who want to build homes and a commercial development on the site.

The plans by Riveroak, who do not own site, want to upgrade the site primarily as a cargo airport, with some passenger services with a capacity of at least 12,000 air cargo movements per year.

Thanet's Big Health Check - how fit are you?

Blood pressure checks will be available Credit: Press Association

Free health checks are being offered in Thanet from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th November. The on-the-spot MOT's are designed to help prevent serious long-term conditions like heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. They'll be available at the following venues:

  • ASDA Broadstairs (foyer)
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Paydens Pharmacy, Margate
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Paydens Pharmacy, Broadstairs
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Courts Pharmacy, Ramsgate
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Newington Health Clinic, Ramsgate
  • Friday 6 November
  • 9am – 5pm book first
  • Westwood Cross
  • Thursday 5 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • People Plus (The Argyle Centre) , Ramsgate
  • Monday 2 November 12.30 – 4.30pm walk-in

Watch this video to find out why you should have a health check.

NHS Health Checks are an excellent way to find out if you are on the right track. Some conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, don’t have any symptoms, so you won’t know you have them unless you get a check. Once you’ve had the health check, you’ll be given a free personalised plan to help you to stay fit and healthy.

– ANNE FORD, KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

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Thanet's Big Health Check - are you up to scratch?

Blood pressure checks will be available Credit: Press Association

Free health checks are being offered in Thanet from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th November. The on-the-spot MOT's are designed to help prevent serious long-term conditions like heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. They'll be available at the following venues:

  • ASDA Broadstairs (foyer)
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Paydens Pharmacy, Margate
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Paydens Pharmacy, Broadstairs
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Courts Pharmacy, Ramsgate
  • Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • Newington Health Clinic, Ramsgate
  • Friday 6 November
  • 9am – 5pm book first
  • Westwood Cross
  • Thursday 5 November
  • 9am – 5pm Book a slot or just walk in
  • People Plus (The Argyle Centre) , Ramsgate
  • Monday 2 November 12.30 – 4.30pm walk-in

Watch this video to find out why you should have a health check.

“NHS Health Checks are an excellent way to find out if you are on the right track. Some conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, don’t have any symptoms, so you won’t know you have them unless you get a check. Once you’ve had the health check, you’ll be given a free personalised plan to help you to stay fit and healthy.”

– Anne Ford, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

MEP takes up cause of RAF airman whose uniform was 'offensive to patients'

South East MEP Janice Atkinson has said she will be asking the chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, why they moved an injured RAF serviceman to a side room because his uniform may offend some people.

The first job of government is to protect its citizens, this man was doing his job. He has served this country to protect us, whether you believe our recent armed conflicts were right or wrong.

– Janice Atkinson , South East MEP

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Warning after series of grass fires

Firefighters tackling a grass fire in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Firefighters in Kent have issued an appeal after a series of grass fires in the Herne Bay area that were lit deliberately. People are being asked to report any fires as soon as possible to try and prevent them from spreading.

Over a seven hour period on Tuesday afternoon Herne Bay firefighters were called to three scrubland fires in close proximity to the Thanet Way.

"If you spot a fire while you're outdoors, please call the fire service on 999 as early as possible. An early call could mean the difference between a small, easily controllable fire and a widespread, devastating fire. It can be hard to give the location for an outdoor fire, so please mention any landmarks that you can see such as pubs or churches in the area."

– Herne Bay Watch Manager, Tim Green

One year on: former Manston employees remember the airport

Former employees of Manston airport are holding a reunion today to mark a year since its closure.

Also at the event, which will involve forming a giant mural of pictures, will be ancilliary airfield businesses.

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The event is being held with the support of pro-Manston groups.

More than 140 people lost their jobs when the loss-making airport closed last year, because it failed to find a buyer.

UKIP has won most of the wards in Thanet District Council's election

Twenty-nine UKIP councillors have been voted in so far during the Thanet District Council local elections.

The party itself put out a message on social media - congratulating its councillors for being part of the UK's first UKIP-controlled local authority.

Thanet in Kent is where where Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, stood as a candidate for the Thanet South constituency in the General Election. He stepped down as party leader on Friday after failing to win.

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