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Kent Politics Podcast: ‘I don’t think Manston will reopen as an airport’

Kent Politics Podcast: ‘I don’t think Manston will reopen as an airport’

23 February 2024

The leader of Thanet District Council gives his view on the latest developments at Manston Airport on this week's podcast.

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Town needs 21 times more EV charging points to meet targets

Town needs 21 times more EV charging points to meet targets

21 February 2024

A council needs to tackle the use of petrol cars and its biggest polluter – the town’s leisure centre – to meet net zero targets.

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Council leader warns of ‘difficult and unpopular’ decisions to come

Council leader warns of ‘difficult and unpopular’ decisions to come

21 February 2024

The leader of a local authority has warned residents about future decisions and challenges as it sets a balanced budget.

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Hated seafront hoardings to be removed next month

Hated seafront hoardings to be removed next month

20 February 2024

Work to remove a stretch of hated seafront hoardings surrounding a now-scrapped development site will begin next month.

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KCC members approve budget amid concerns over its financial viability

KCC members approve budget amid concerns over its financial viability

19 February 2024

Under-pressure Kent County Council has passed its annual budget amid continued pressure surrounding its long-term financial viability.

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MPs hit back at 'misleading electorate' claims in airport battle

MPs hit back at 'misleading electorate' claims in airport battle

19 February 2024

Two MPs hit back at claims of “misleading the electorate” over controversial airport reopening plans – but campaigners say questions need answering.

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Kent MP urges police to make ‘robust use’ of powers over MPs’ safety fears

Kent MP urges police to make ‘robust use’ of powers over MPs’ safety fears

18 February 2024

The MP has taken the unusual step of writing to police chiefs amid heightened tensions over the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

18 February 2024

One of the county’s best-known MPs has opened up on his life in politics as he prepares to call it a day.

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Veteran MP tells podcast that Brexit has gone well

Veteran MP tells podcast that Brexit has gone well

16 February 2024

An outgoing MP has told the Kent Politics Podcast how he feels Brexit has been a success and how current opinion polls are going to be proved wrong.

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Fixing NHS finances ‘like trying to boil the ocean’

Fixing NHS finances ‘like trying to boil the ocean’

14 February 2024

The hospital trust boss in charge of managing its finances says he is expecting to go over budget by a further £50m initial projections.

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'We've got no choice but to hike parking charges'

'We've got no choice but to hike parking charges'

14 February 2024

Leading councillors at a cash-strapped Kent authority say they have been left with “no choice” but to impose parking charge hikes.

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‘Build it and they will come philosophy set it up for failure’

‘Build it and they will come philosophy set it up for failure’

14 February 2024

A multi-million-pound project to create a flagship business park that would attract the likes of Netflix has been “paused” for a major rethink.

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Ann Widdecombe back on the campaign trail

Ann Widdecombe back on the campaign trail

14 February 2024

A veteran MP and TV personality who served Kent for more than two decades is back on the campaign trail – but this time not for the Tories.

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Home Office to pay influencers to post on TikTok in fight against people-smugglers

Home Office to pay influencers to post on TikTok in fight against people-smugglers

14 February 2024

The government is to recruit TikTok influencers as part of its ongoing battle against English Channel crossings.

School's safety petition aired before MPs after death of pupil, 10

School's safety petition aired before MPs after death of pupil, 10

14 February 2024

A primary school’s petition for road safety measures to be introduced following the death of one of its pupil has been presented to Parliament.

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Council fails to meet ‘ambitious’ climate targets

Council fails to meet ‘ambitious’ climate targets

13 February 2024

A council which voted to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” has failed to meet its climate targets.

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Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

12 February 2024

An MP who has served her community for more than a decade has announced she will not stand at the next general election.

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Council earmarks £3m to buy ‘disgusting’ multi-storey car park

Council earmarks £3m to buy ‘disgusting’ multi-storey car park

11 February 2024

A council could be set to splash £3 million of taxpayers’ cash on a “disgusting” town centre multi-storey car park scrawled in graffiti.

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Hundreds of extra grammar school places needed in Kent by end of the decade

Hundreds of extra grammar school places needed in Kent by end of the decade

11 February 2024

The county council has warned more grammar ‘satellites’ may be needed to cope with increase in demand and avoid extra costs to the taxpayer.

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Flats plan for former snooker hall amounts to ‘town cramming’

Flats plan for former snooker hall amounts to ‘town cramming’

10 February 2024

Proposals to convert what was once a cinema and more recently a snooker and pool hall have been recommended for approval despite objections.

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