MANSTON THE SOLUTION TO OPERATION STACK?
Manston Airport will become an emergency lorry park as cross-Channel
disruption continues, the government has said. The Airport will be used to
hold freight traffic in the short-term.
Currently, when required, lorries bound for Dover are "stacked" on a closed
section of the M20 while other traffic is diverted on to surrounding roads.
Cross-Channel rail and ferry services have been disrupted for weeks by
migrant activity and French strikes.
The use of the airport as a holding area is a viable short-term solution, according to
transport minister Lord Ahmad. He said it was an interim measure that would be used
while work continued to find a longer-term resolution.
Under the Manston Airport holding plan, the priority is claimed to be to keep traffic and
goods moving and ensure people on both sides of the Channel can go across as normally as
possible. This may be thought to reflect the government’s view, clearly shared by KCC
Leader Paul Carter, that the people and economy of Thanet are of little consequence, if
the impression can be given to the rest of the country that somebody has finally taken
The government said an agreement had been reached with the airfield owners to allow
Kent County Council, Highways England and Kent Police to use the site to reduce pressure
on the M20. The impact on local roads and the Port of Dover will be kept under review.
What is not yet clear is how the lorries will be routed to Manston. It is clear that Dover
bound traffic will be formed into small convoys, and diverted off the M20 at Junction 7,
up the A249 Detling Hill to join the M2 at Junction 5. They will then divert onto the
A299 Thanet Way at Brenley Corner, but what happens to the lorries when they reach
the Minster roundabout is yet to be revealed. Will they be directed onto the B roads
past Summit Aviation to enter the Airport grounds via the Manston Road?
Local campaigners who have fought to keep the airfield as an operational airport have
already objected to the move amid claims the site is completely unsuitable, will divert
lorries miles out of their way and block the roads into the Thanet area of Kent.
Craig Mackinlay, South Thanet MP, said he and fellow Conservative North Thanet MP
Roger Gale had made representations for weeks at all levels of government about the
geographic unsuitability of Manston as a solution to Stack. He said he was bitterly
disappointed at the decision and hoped it would be short-lived.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of August 2015 were:
Member no. 143, who won 1st prize of £19.25
Member no. 84 who won 2nd prize of £11.55 and
Member no. 60, who won 3rd prize of £7.70.
The next draw will be on Wednesday 2nd September 2015. Should you have any
questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.
CARE QUALITY COMMISSION CQC) REPORT
Following the recent inspection by the CQC carried out at the end of January, we are
delighted to inform you that the overall rating for the services provided by the Practice
was reported as “GOOD”. Although the report is only in its draft form at present, a
detailed report will be available in due course. As the Practice is continually striving to
improve its service to our patients, you will also see some ongoing changes in the coming
NEW GP AT THE SURGERY
We are also delighted to inform you that Dr Radhi Mangam will be joining the surgery in
October as an additional “Part Practice Partner” and welcome her to the team.
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2015
Vaccination Clinics will be held at the on the following days:
Saturday 26th September and Saturday 17th October – between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm
Appointments are now available and can be made in the usual way via the surgery.
Eligible and “at risk” patients will receive a reminder on their “Repeat Prescription List”
and will be invited to make an appointment on either of those days.
If you have any concerns about your eligibility please contact Reception.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS -UP AGAIN!
– 56 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT – UP 13!
– 66 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT – UP 6!
SO “UNBELIEVABLY” WE STILL HAVE 122 PATIENTS STILL WASTING VALUABLE
APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
SO STOP BEING BE A TIME WASTER – IT’S SO SELFISH AND UNNECESSARY!
DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT – BY PHONE, BY TEXT, ON LINE, ITS EASY- JUST DO
BUT DID YOU KNOW???
The Government wants to “FINE PATIENTS WHO MISS GP APPOINTMENTS”!
SO TELL US – What do YOU think – The PLG would love to hear your comments –
SO PLEASE – GET IN TOUCH – NOW!
OUR NEW PROJCT – PATIENT DONATIONS
We would like to thank those people who have made such generous donations towards our
new project, and once again the Family and Friends of the Late Betty Marner. The total
has now reached nearly £700 and you can always keep up to date with our progress by
checking our notice board in the surgery.
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will be closed from Midday onwards on the following days:
Staff Training – Wed 30th Sept; Thurs 22nd Oct and Wed 25th Nov
Bank Holiday – Mon 31st Aug – Closed All day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times.
Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the “NHS 111
Service” via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred
automatically, or you can call direct on “ 111 “, to receive “non urgent” confidential health
advice and information for you and your family.
For Urgent/Life threatening cases please dial “ 999 “ as normal.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Our “ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR” will be held on SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER,
and following the success of our Spring Fayre many tables have already been reserved,
so book yours NOW to avoid disappointment.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in August, or require
further information on any of the above, then please contact Mary Hodgson on 842764
The Street and Margate Hill – Iris Osborne – email@example.com
Nursery Fields – Cos Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org
Minster Road and Dilnot Lane – Kate Aldir – email@example.com
Crispe Road and Margate Hill – Kay Skinner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Plumstone Road – Karrie Wood – email@example.com
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
10th August 17th August
24th August 31st August
Ring TDC, 577115, to arrange collection if you are unable to put your bins out.
Or Ring the ‘Recycle for Thanet’ line on 577727 with any queries you may have.
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate updates.
Mondays 10th and 24th August
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library at:
REGULAR DIARY DATES
Monday afternoons (term time) – Pam’s People
Every Monday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
First Tuesday evening – AHS meeting
All other Tuesday evenings, 6-7pm – Dance Fitness Class,
Alternate Wednesday evenings – Life Drawing Art Group
Every Thursday evening – Art Group
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE
Ring Parish Council on Mondays (9am-5pm) on 844706, or the day after a Bank Holiday,
or the Clerk any day (9am-5pm) on 882243.
Next Parish Council Meeting – 7pm, Wednesday 2nd September.
YOUR M.P. At Your Service …….
SIR ROGER GALE holds regular
advice surgeries for the residents of
Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
For appointments and advice on urgent
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
Fax: 01843 844856 (24-hour)
Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS,
LONDON, SW1A 0AA
JOHN N ING
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Locks – Keys – Master Keying – Safes
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Free Quotations – Lockout and Emergency
Service – Insurance Specification Work
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For Personal and Friendly Service call John Ing
Tel : (01843) 843494 Mobile 07801 182348
Meadow-Holt, The Street
Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA
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