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Field homes decision expected

The city council is poised to abandon plans to build homes on all of Canterbury’s Kingsmead Field. Members of the executive will meet next month when they are expected to ratify a proposal to allow 75% of the field to remain while the rest is built on. The council initially wanted to allow the whole field to be made available …

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Hospice trustees finally listened to your protest

A piece of my mind. Julie Wassmer; TV writer, author and local campaigner ONE Friday evening, a few weeks ago, an important public meeting took place concerning the planned closure of beds on the in-patient ward at Canterbury’s Pilgrims Hospice. An estimated 500 people attended and in spite of our MP Julian Brazier chairing the meeting and the presence of many …

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Fine food, here and near

Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham are home to some of the finest food in England – from traditional fish and chips, Whitstable oysters, Faversham’s fruit and veg crop and Herne Bay’s multicultural offer. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. We asked readers to vote in our poll for their favourite eatery and the results put global eating …

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Pressure for the executive to step down

Campaigners are expected to pack into a meeting of Canterbury City Council tonight (Thursday) for a debate on whether the ruling councillors should resign. More than 3,300 people signed a petition calling for all ten members of the council’s executive committee to step down over the Westgate Towers traffic trial and other issues. Discussion The discussion is open to all …

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More of the same for Canterbury

The city remains a sea of blue with a smattering of yellow, as all Canterbury councillors retained their seats in the county elections. Despite big changes elsewhere, the Tories held onto four divisions, with Liberal Democrat Martin Vye clinching the fifth. But there were nervous scenes at the count in the King’s Hall in Herne Bay on Friday as UKIP …

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Serco retains £40m contract to empty bins in Canterbury

SERCO has retained the £40 million contract to empty the bins of Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury. The city council announced the decision on Tuesday. It followed a controversial three-way pitch where councillors were forbidden to know which firm was bidding. Among them was Veolia which attracted many protests because of its connections with Israel. The new contract starts on …

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Historic Westgate Towers Museum to reopen

Amazing views of the city from the top of Canterbury’s historic Westgate Towers Museum will once again be on offer when it reopens to the public for the summer on Friday 4 May. The city council has been very keen to reopen the attraction to continue the work of local businessman and entrepreneur Charles Lambie following his death in January. …

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Herne Bay’s political future

The boundaries of the electoral wards are being redrawn, in the hope of making the constituencies more uniform in size. As a by-product of the exercise, we’ll end up with slightly fewer MPs. Our beloved Roger Gale will find that his consituency has been cut in two: here’s what they have in mind for Herne Bay end:  and here’s what …

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