Is This the Future of Lydd Airport?

The  terminal services now include Customs, immigration and even Special Branch and it is hoped this will attract more executive jets, helicopters, light aircraft and cargo.

Regular flights to Verona and Naples run by Newmarket Holidays, as well as to Le Touquet in France, operated by LyddAir are already in force with the hopes of further expansion.

Lydd Airport have welcomed the first Newmarket Holidays passengers, who previously would have flown in and out of Manston Airport but the opposition to any expansion still rolls on with  campaign groups citing damage to the environment and the potential catastrophe of an aircraft crashing into Dungeness nuclear power station and Sue Royal of  the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds stating “Not only does increasing flights from Lydd risk potential disturbance to wildlife and its habitat, it also threatens an area that has been frequently praised as one of the most tranquil in the UK, attracting millions of visitors every year and valued by local people.

 What tosh!  Lets fight to prevent a return to the good old days with the noise and pollution that was part of the daily life.   Ah but I suspect the protestees were not around then.


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Response from Blog re Power Station

Subject: Contact from Dungeness website
> From: David Morgan
> Subject: Dungeness Danger
> Message Body:
> Please read. Anyone have the time to take this on?
> You’d assume that safety limits exist because they’re needed to keep
> people safe. Apparently not at nuclear power stations. This week it
> was announced that a key safety limit at Dungeness nuclear power
> station may be changed so its lifetime can be extended. [1]
> Graphite bricks in the reactor are about to breach safety levels and
> the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) would have had to prosecute or
> even shut down the plant. But instead, the regulators are considering
> a request from EDF energy, who run the station, to simply change the safety limit.
> Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the University of
> Greenwich,
> said: “It doesn’t feel good when we come up against limits and the
> first thing they [the ONR] do is to move the goalposts.”
> Do you live near the powerstation? What do you think?
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Extended Life!

EDF, operators of Dungeness Nuclear Power Station (B), have secured permission to continue operating for the next five years even though one of the, hither to,  limiting factors of 'wear and tear' are about to be exceeded.   Graphite blocks which surround the radio active bits and pieces have a life capped at  6% degradation (in weight).  Currently about 5.7%  EDF have secured a safety margin of 8%,  although they had hoped for slightly more, which will allow them to operate to 2020 at least.   We are told there are no safety issues and it will be business as usual!

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EU Polls

Dungeness Lifeboat station once again became the official polling station for the area.   Politics aside it was interesting or alarming to see the number of candidates 'applying' for the 1/4 million pound basic pay job (plus all the expenses that one can fiddle).   UKIP, as expected came good, gaining 32% of all votes throughout Kent, with 24 members going to EU parliament.   I wonder whether they and all the others going there, will stand up and be counted for what they have told the electorate they believe in or will they, once on the gravy train, be afraid to open their orifices (vocal!)  and rock the boat, thus jeopardising  tier future lavish, potential, life styles.

I think it was a quote in the New York Times that said if you really want to hear what a politician has to say you really have to put your ear to his backside (well they said 'arse' but thought that word might be a little too strong).   Either way the point was made and possibly it applies to all politicians no matter what country they come from.

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Princess Anne to name new Lifeboat

Princess Anne, only daughter of her Majesty The Queen is visiting Dungeness today (Saturday 31st May) for the formal naming of the new Lifeboat, 'The Morrell'.   No times have been revealed!

The Morrell, a Shannon Class vessel  is named after  Barbara Morrell who died in 2009 at the age of 95.   Barbara had left a legacy in her will for the funding of the new craft, which arrived in February this year,    After a few weeks of trials 'The Morrell' was in action for real in early March when it attended a fishing boat  in difficulties, investigating an empty 2 man life raft and and in early April assisting a 42 foot yacht with gearbox problems.   For more information on the Dungeness Lifeboat – and to make any donations – please visit their site through our 'Links' page

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Whatever Next

Male Escort – Hot Tub Fun?   Whatever is going on at sleepy Dungeness?   Peyton Place it isn't but strange things seem to be going on behind closed doors.   Watch this space!.

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Lydd Airport Appeal

The High Court has ruled against an appeal by the 'Anti Expansion' brigade to prevent the proposed runway extension.    This means expansion,albeit on a very small scale, can continue.   I wonder whether the lobbyists against expansion, predominantly on the spurious grounds of upsetting this area of natural beauty (sic),  will throw their collective weight against any plans for a third nuclear power station.   One suspects not.

We have seen campaigns featuring graphic pictures of terrorists (or drunk pilots) crashing their 747's into the power station to citing European legislation  protecting a small endangered slug.   Proof if proof were needed that there are a minority of non local locals who simply do not want to see an airport operating successfully, at any cost.   No airline will be that successful here, certainly not on any significant scale, so let the owners spend their money and hopefully with support industries setting up at he airport there will be a future for some expansion in local employment.   We  may also benefit from improvements in infra structure –  in particular traffic control or a round-a-bout at Hammonds corner or even maybe the re-opening of the branch line to Ashford.

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For Sale

Its that time of year again.   A little sunshine, more visitors and more properties for sale.   At least five shacks (sorry bungle houses) on the market ranging from £200,000.00 to £295,000.00.   Four are listed on 'Right Move' and 'Zoopla' sites and the fifth with agents 'Black & White'.

And the usual moan – if I could get a broadband signal that would last for just a few hours I would post some pictures of the properties as I would of some other interesting items for sale – namely  DUNGENESS WALLPAPER and other locally inspired paraphernalia!!   Thats right – wall paper depicting this rather unique area.   Photographs will follow but in the meantime you may wish to visit the website

Also to hand and courtesy of Ann the wife of the late Snoo Wilson, playwright, author and word smith extraordinaire are half a dozen copies of 'The Works of Melmont'.   First published in 2004 these books are first editions of an initial run of 1000.   The tome is also being sold locally but if purchased through this website (via the 'Donations' button ) all receipts will be passed to the RNLI.  Suggested donations of £10.00.

As for what the book is about I do not know as I have only just commenced the first reading.   Snoo has a way of writing, quite unlike any other author with a vivid imagination and backed by very thorough research.   Possibly about a wealthy media entrepreneur who fell off a boat – but who can say?   Simon Callow, who spoke so eloquently (as only he can) at Snoos funeral service, provides the 'forward' but that doesn't help me a lot to understand what is to follow!!

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Seal of Approval for Nuclear Power Station

A large black Seal, now named Davina, has taken up residence in a forebay (large open seawater chamber) at the 'B' station power plant.   These forebays are used to contain sea water for cooling of the nuclear plant.

Davina seems too be very contented with the warm water that surrounds her and is eating well from the large stock of fish that also get sucked into the forebay.   Such is her contentedness - this always loveable of creatures (looking like a friendly Labrador dog – but without ears) doesn't want to leave.   This is not strictly true as, without help she cannot leave and much time and effort is being spent on coming up with ideas on how to safely to remove her from her new found luxury home.   Just as well this isn't Japan – a stout club would soon sort things out!




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New Lifeboat

Dungeness has not only acquired a new lifeboat but the first of a new breed of craft.   Not propeller driven the new 'Shannon' Class boat ('The Morrell') is powered by water jets.   Not only does this increase the speed by 50% but, having no props to damage, means it can operate in shallower waters and can be driven straight onto the beach.

The new craft arrived last Friday to a lot of media attention and this week is being subjected to sea trials and crew training.

I still cant upload pictures but a full report and some video clips can be viewed on the Dungeness (RNLI) website.(see link)

A reminder for non UK visitors to this site – the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) operates solely from public donations.   There are lifeboat stations around the UK coast line and crews are predominantly from local fishermen in the local area.   No matter what the weather or the risks involved in putting to sea to save lives – they will always respond to a shout – and they DO NOT get paid.   A worthy cause and donations always welcomed!. And this particular boat was purchased from funds left in a £6 million legacy gift by a Mrs Barbara Morrell, after whom the craft has been named.   Fantastic!


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