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Facking has become a huge issue in East Kent, not least because of the potential damage to our water supply. Being a part of the country with the least rainfall, it's vitally important we look after our aquifer.

This is the main reason the Environmental Audit Committee, an influential Parliamentary committee made up of MPs of all parties, recently called for a moratorium on fracking. Their chief concern was the potential consequences to our environment.

It is a major fear that fracking will set back attempts to tackle Climate Change, and the Environmental Audit Committee expressed more general concerns about the effects on air quality and water supplies.

Will Scobie, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for South Thanet declares:

As one of my election pledges I am opposing Fracking in East Kent on the grounds that we are an inappropriate location. UKIP has already stated that they fully support putting our water supply at risk and damaging our local environment.

The link below also shows the attitude of Kentish Tories. They have so far fudged this issue while blocking any attempts by Labour or Green to bring in environmental controls. I am the only candidate in a position to win in South Thanet who will campaign for the much needed environmental protection. A vote for another party could leave us with a pro-Fracking MP.

Read more at http://www.dover-express.co.uk/Tories-refuse-debate-fracking-petition/story-25907089-detail/story.html#o1lE3Yq3tuY0s3Sq.99

Concerns about Fracking in East Kent

Facking has become a huge issue in East Kent, not least because of the potential damage to our water supply. Being a part of the country with the least rainfall,...

Labour's candidate for South Thanet has come out strongly against the proposal to build a concrete blocking plant in Ramsgate port. Will Scobie says:

I was at the Ramsgate Labour Party branch meeting on Monday 19th January, where members unanimously agreed to oppose any application that may be submitted to Thanet District Council for the siting of an aggregate cleansing/concrete block manufacturing business at Ramsgate Port. The meeting was attended by Labour’s Thanet District councillors representing Ramsgate, as well as Ramsgate Town Councillors and Labour Party members.

The full motion we agreed on the night was: “Ramsgate Branch of the Labour Party opposes any future planning application for aggregate cleaning, wood reprocessing and breeze block manufacturing at Ramsgate port.”

As Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Thanet, I can quite simply state that I am opposed to any such operation as it is not what we need in Ramsgate.

For the first time in years we have people who want to come to Thanet, invest and help us to continue to improve and regenerate the area. The only thing that can stop that is short sighted developments of this nature. I further believe that any future development should require a full environmental impact assessment. We need to be positive about our area and bang the drum about how great Ramsgate is as a place for people to live and work in.

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Ramsgate Labour oppose concrete blocking plant for Port

Labour's candidate for South Thanet has come out strongly against the proposal to build a concrete blocking plant in Ramsgate port. Will Scobie says: I was at the Ramsgate Labour...

In the run-up to Christmas, Labour's candidate for South Thanet, Will Scobie, paid a visit to Ramsgate Tunnels in the company of Labour councillor Dave Green (cabinet member for Economic Regeneration) and local volunteer Ralph Hoult.

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As Will Scobie says, "These tunnels truly are a hidden gem of Ramsgate and should be the cornerstone for the regeneration that needs to take place along Ramsgate Seafront. The derelict Pleasurama site and the Pavilion building are reminders of the challenge facing us here, but I am positive that we can turn things round."

The Tunnels were reopened by H.R.H. The Duke of Kent on May 27th, 2014, This was seventy-five years after his father declared them open in 1939. Will Scobie concluded by saying: "I am so pleased that the public now have access to this wonderful piece of our history, and even more so because I had a chance to visit them myself!"

 Here's some history of the Tunnels, from the BBC website:

Most people think of Dover as being the most important town on the front line during World War Two, but nearby Ramsgate also played a significant role in the defence of the UK.

Yet many of the town's wartime secrets lie buried and forgotten deep below the ground.

Sixty feet underneath the town of Ramsgate lies a network of tunnels extending for three and a half miles.

The tunnels were dug in just nine months at the beginning of World War Two, using mostly picks and shovels.

During World War Two they became a refuge, a secret underground town providing shelter from air raids for 26,000 people.

Famous visitors included Prime Minister Winston Churchill who came to Ramsgate to inspect bomb damage but was forced to descend into the tunnels for shelter during an air raid.

The tunnels were abandoned for nearly 70 years but now Phil Spain and the Ramsgate Tunnels' Team have been working on a project to restore them.

Here's a great YouTube video about The Tunnels:

For more information on the Ramsgate Tunnels, visit their website:

http://www.ramsgatetunnels.org

Visit To Ramsgate Tunnels

In the run-up to Christmas, Labour's candidate for South Thanet, Will Scobie, paid a visit to Ramsgate Tunnels in the company of Labour councillor Dave Green (cabinet member for Economic...

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