“£44,000 of government money for Cliftonville Lido will help regenerate Cliftonville seafront”, says Craig

South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, is delighted to learn that Thanet District Council’s application to the Coastal Revival Fund for Cliftonville Lido and the Clifton Baths has been successful. Some £44,000 of funding has been secured to survey the Grade II listed site.

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

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“It’s exciting to see money from the Coastal Revival Fund help bring wonderful coastal historic assets, like the Cliftonville Lido, back into economic use. The Clifton Baths are part of the hidden history of Thanet and are truly unique.

“This money supports our efforts to bring sustainable economic regeneration to Cliftonville and also demonstrates the Government’s commitment to support the coastal communities in Thanet.

“I look forward to following the progress of this project and seeing the improvement it will make to the local area.”

Cliftonville Lido’s is one of 44 successful Coastal Revival Fund applications in England who will each receive a grant. Collectively, this brings government support in this round of the Fund to 92 projects worth almost £4 million.

Craig welcomes £24,776 to clean up high streets in Thanet

Craig Mackinlay MP has welcomed £24,776 to clean up high streets across Thanet, as the Government spends almost £10 million across England to improve local high streets.

The funding will improve the quality of high streets across the country, helping to attract more residents and visitors so that local businesses can continue to thrive. It will be used to buy tools such as litter pickers and brushes, as well as providing training for volunteers who already do so much across Thanet on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping.

The release of the funding coincided with High Street Saturday, a new national campaign day held for the first time last Saturday to celebrate the place of the high street at the heart of communities across the country.

Craig is also supporting Thanet District Council, Ramsgate Town Council and the Ramsgate Town Team in their bid for money for Ramsgate High Street from the Future High Streets Fund – a £675 million pot of money to help local areas modernise their town centres.

 

High streets have long been a place to bring communities together, a place for local people to access vital services and a place for businesses to thrive. But, the South Thanet MP recognises that it is becoming harder for businesses on the high streets in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers.

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

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“Our high streets in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich are at the heart of our local community.

“I know that changes to consumer buying habits represent a new and growing challenge for many town centres, and Thanet is no different.

“That’s why this funding will help to ensure that we keep high streets across Thanet looking their best,  to encourage more people to return to the high streets as destinations in their own right.”

My regular update - 18 March 2019

I’m going to simply abandon any attempt at Brexit analysis and what has happened in Parliament and what might be around the corner as even a live blog would likely be out of date in this fast-moving drama. There are lots of ‘motions’ coming and going. They are simply that: motions not legislation, but if they have value at all Parliament refused to endorse attempts by some to take over the Parliamentary agenda for their own anti-Brexit purposes, took ‘No deal’ off of the table, a profoundly stupid move in my view, and resoundingly rejected any thoughts of a second referendum by 443 to 85.

I prefer to concentrate more widely on local issues this week. I’ve visited a lot of schools in the constituency of late. Some as part of a ‘Litter Angels’ competition across all Thanet schools in conjunction with Sir Roger Gale for North Thanet, to the Newlands Lane lower school site of The Royal Harbour Academy to celebrate UK Science week, Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School and Worth Primary School for in-depth discussions with school Governors as to the pressures of budgets.

The key theme from the competitions and science topics was a concern about plastic litter. The world produces some 350 million tonnes of plastic each year, most of which is derived from oil-based manufacturing processes. 10 million tonnes finds its way annually into the oceans where it remains almost indestructible, or upon breaking down to smaller particles can accumulate in the food chain. I was fortunate enough, in the same week, to hear from Sir David Attenborough giving a presentation in Parliament on the same theme. It has to be a moral disgrace that for years we have exported our plastic waste to poorer countries; an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach which has to stop. We, as consumers need to demand of our retailers a serious reduction in single-use plastic use particularly when packaging is simply used for aesthetic effect rather than for any other meaningful purpose. The valid theme from The Royal Harbour students was a demand for water refilling stations across Thanet to minimise single-use bottles.

We are uniquely placed with the excellent Discovery Park site on our doorstep, and Thanet as a country leader in renewable energy sites through wind, solar and bio-gas production to make East Kent a true hub of science and technology through the STEM formula. As a science graduate myself, I’ll always support academic learning across this spectrum which lead to high-level, well remunerated local jobs in an area in which the UK excels globally.

I shall be presenting a Parliamentary petition on behalf of Thanet residents on the proposal to move stroke services to Ashford as part of a Kent-wide plan for reconfiguration of services. This is one of the unique opportunities for MPs to raise issues at the highest level by using the opportunities of the floor of the House of Commons. Kent County Councillors have greater power than I on this matter however. They will be deciding on the 22nd whether the new services plan should be accepted or referred back to the Secretary of State for Health for analysis and review, but I will have done my bit on an issue which has concerned many residents.

Craig encourages residents in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich to shop local for High Street Saturday

Craig Mackinlay MP has encouraged people in his South Thanet constituency to join him in showing their support for high street shops in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich by shopping locally this High Street Saturday on 16 March.

This new campaign day aims to celebrate the place of high streets at the heart of communities across the country.

Mayor of Ramsgate, Cllr Trevor Shonk, and Craig Mackinlay MP

Mayor of Ramsgate, Cllr Trevor Shonk, and Craig Mackinlay MP

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

“High streets have long been a place to bring communities together, a place for local people to access vital services and a place for businesses to thrive. But it is becoming harder for businesses on high streets across the country to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers.

“That’s why I’m calling on people in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich to celebrate and support our local high streets this High Street Saturday, 16 March.

“As the national Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies, I was pleased to lead an event held recently in Parliament to further the discussion on the future of our High Streets, and how changing purchasing habits, with a rapid rise in internet shopping, means that the traditional view of High Streets as simply a place to shop will not hold into the future. I have also supported government measures to deliver £10 billion of business rates support since 2016 and the £675 million of funding to help community leaders modernise their high streets and town centres.

High Street Saturday is another great way we can all help the independent businesses we all know and love.”

Craig welcomes 434 homes in Thanet, helping more families using Help to Buy to get a foot on the housing ladder

More than 434 families in Thanet have been able to realise their dream of home ownership thanks to the government’s right to buy schemes, new figures out show.

Almost 600,000 more families have gotten a foot on the housing ladder since 2010 through Help to Buy and Right to Buy. This means 184 families using the schemes every day since the Conservatives came to power to buy a home of their own.

Help to Buy has two main schemes. One allows future first-time buyers to take out an Individual Savings Account (ISA) which pays out a government bonus of up to £3,000 towards the cost of a new home. Another scheme, the equity loan, means buyers only need to raise 5 per cent of a property’s value for a deposit and the government will provide a 5 year interest-free loan of up to 20 per cent of the property’s value. Further help comes with Stamp Duty relief for first-time buyers, exempting most from it, another welcome boost.

Families across the country are benefitting from the schemes with more than 93 per cent of completions taking place outside of London.

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

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“This is good news for 434 families on the Isle who have been able to get the security of their own home through the Government’s Help to Buy schemes.

“We want as many people as possible to get a foot on the housing ladder, that’s why we have abolished stamp duty for 95 per cent of first-time buyers, boosted Help to Buy, and have an ambitious plan to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.”