How do you become almost a household name in the county without your own TV show or holding high profile elected office?The answer seems to be to become a developer with an almost insatiable appetite for growth.And of all those looking to capitalise on the nation's need for housing and expansion, then, in Kent at least, Mark Quinn has become synonymous with what his critics will call "the relentless march of progress".His company, Quinn Estates, has been involved in a host of projects over recent years - and has more fingers in pies going forward than a particularly butter-fingered baker.Yet he divides opinion like perhaps no one else in the county.For some he is delivering what is required - the homes, offices and town centre improvements we need to serve an ever-increasing population.For others, he’s someone who is forever changing the landscape of the county - and not for the better.Communities have risen up in protest against him, but many have also benefited from his … [Read more...] about Where is Quinn Estates building in Kent?
Campaigners are fighting a plan for 3,750 homes, together with schools, shops, restaurants and a doctors’ surgery - labelling it a “small town”.Developer Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates is behind the ambitious project to build across fields north of Northbourne, near Deal, and adjacent to Finglesham and Ham.A new road would link the Betteshanger country park roundabout on the A258 Deal to Sandwich Road to the A256 Eastry bypass.The project, still in its infancy, has been presented to Dover District Council’s forward planning department.Finglesham residents say that huge swathes of unspoilt countryside - close to the infamous Ham Sandwich road sign pointing to the nearby village and town - would be covered in concrete.Architect Lynn Davis, who lives in West Street, is one of those opposing the scheme.She said: “It’s a small town and I believe it would be bigger than Sandwich, which has a population of around 5,000.“Assuming most houses would have at … [Read more...] about Plans revealed for 3,750 new homes
By Rebecca Ballhaus WSJ Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 WASHINGTON—President Trump in Tuesday’s State of the Union is expected to issue a plea for national unity at a moment of deep partisan divisions, with the Democratic-controlled House and the White House at an impasse over spending priorities while Mr. Trump threatens to do an end-run around both chambers of Congress to pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border. Mr. Trump’s call for bipartisanship will be a contrast with his recent assertions that bipartisan efforts to reach a deal on border security are a “waste of time.” Last week, he said there was a “good chance” he would declare a national emergency over immigration, in which he would attempt to divert funds from elsewhere in the administration to pay for a border wall without congressional approval. The move would face immediate court challenges. “An appeal to bipartisanship is probably one of the easiest things to do … [Read more...] about Trump to call for bipartisanship as he threatens to declare emergency
Updated 10:44 pm PST, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 FILE - In this June 28, 2017 file photo, Stan Lee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For comics lovers, Lee was as much a superhero as the characters he helped create. Those fans, along with Lee's friends and colleagues, will get to pay their final respects at a Hollywood memorial Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, for the Marvel Comics mastermind who helped bring the world Spider-Man, Black Panther and The Incredible Hulk. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this June 28, 2017 file photo, Stan Lee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For comics lovers, Lee was as much a superhero as the characters he ... more Photo: Jordan Strauss, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP … [Read more...] about The Latest: Marvel’s Lee gets superhero worship at memorial
An end to the government shutdown looked more distant than ever on Thursday after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Afghanistan. The White House publicly released a terse letter informing Pelosi that her planned travel had been “postponed,” shortly after Trump ordered the Pentagon to cancel her Air Force flight to the country. A bus carrying several House Democrats who were to accompany Pelosi was preparing to leave for the airport at the time.Story Continued Below The extraordinary affront appeared to be payback for Pelosi's request that Trump postpone his annual State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, though White House officials insisted it wasn’t a tit-for-tat. Pelosi, in her Wednesday letter to Trump, suggested that the partial government shutdown, soon to enter its second month, would create security concerns — a claim the Trump administration contested. The dueling moves further personalized … [Read more...] about Trump strikes back at Pelosi as shutdown fight hits new low