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Aviation group calls for Cliffe airport

Plans for an airport at Cliffe, north Kent Hoo peninsula, should be revived following the Christmas air chaos, according to an independent aviation group.(Sourced from Financial Times.)

HS1 trains carried 7m passengers in first year

High-speed trains have carried more than seven million passengers in its first year, it has been revealed.(Sourced from Kent Online.)

Medway Council bosses submit city status bid

Council bosses have today officially announced plans to compete with other towns across the country for city status to mark the Queen's Diamond jubilee celebrations.(Sourced from

Government gives approval for supermarket plan

A new supermarket for Medway City Estate has been given the go-ahead. (Sourced from Medway Messenger.)

Key Rochester road improved in 2.5 million scheme

A 2.5m road improvement scheme to benefit bus passengers and cyclists has started in Rochester. (Sourced from BBC Kent.)

Medway's 2012 city status bid is 'vital for growth'

A council leader has said the Medway towns' campaign for city status is a "golden opportunity" to bring investment to the area. (Sourced from the BBC.)

Historic theatre to be turned into 12 new flats

The historic Theatre Royal will be converted into 12 new flats, "Kent News" has revealed. (Sourced from here.)

Kent Property Market Report reveals confidence

The 19th Kent Property Market Report, launched on October 21st at Princes Park, Dartford, reveals that in spite of a challenging year for the commercial property industry, demand for industrial and office space in Kent and Medway is up by 53% and 43% respectively since last year.
Several large deals have been secured and Locate in Kent reports a 14% increase in new projects with property requirements.

Shapps sets out Spending Review terms for housing

Housing minister Grant Shapps has set out in a letter the settlement for government housing expenditure, announced as part of the Spending Review of 20 October 2010.
Shapps confirms a £6.5 billion settlement over the next four years. The Government will give local authorities "the freedom to borrow against tax revenues and will also provide access to a Regional Growth Fund to fund capital projects which could support housing growth and market renewal schemes", Shapps said.

Pickles writes to council leaders following CSR

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has written to council leaders setting out the implications of today's Comprehensive Spending Review.
The main points include a 7.25% average annual reduction in government funding (a fall of 26% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15 excluding schools, fire and police).
Read the letter in full here.

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