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Will urban sprawl spread into Calais?

Fancy relocating to Calais? It might not be your first choice, but few doubt that the Canterbury district has considerable change in store. Under mounting pressure from central government, our council is pledging to build thousands of new homes in the coming years. Surrounding towns in east Kent are under similar pressure. And don’t forget London, whose Mayor, Boris Johnson, …

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Campsite and play area idea for Reculver rebuild

Council launch public consultation to improve country park Council officers have unveiled plans to create an open landscape for children and tourists at Reculver Country Park. The site was once used as a camping and caravan club, but will now become part of the coastal park which surrounds the famous 12th century towers and Saxon church ruins. The city council’s …

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Two wins for Bay food companies in county awards

Two Herne Bay businesses have triumphed as winners in the Taste of Kent awards. Hudson’s Fish in the High Street and Goody Ales in Herne were both nominated by customers in a public vote to reach the finals, along with Peters Produce in William Street. The awards ceremony was held at the County Showground in Detling on Thursday last week, …

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Flood defence work brought forward

Hundreds of properties and roads were flooded across the south-east of England last year More than 12,000 homes across the south-east of England are to be protected from flooding sooner than planned, the government has announced. It is bringing forward £41m of the six-year flood defence programme announced in December, allowing work to get under way on 40 flood defence …

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Warning over scarlet fever

Health experts have issued a warning after four times as many cases of scarlet fever were reported in Kent compared to last year. A total of 214 youngsters contracted the illness between mid-September and now. That is a big increase on the same period the previous year, when 54 cases were reported – in itself, an unusually high number. Several …

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Lib Dems’ chief to quit, but says future of party is bright

Canterbury’s outspoken Liberal Democrat leader Alex Perkins has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May. He says that after 16 consecutive years of serving on the authority he “deserves a rest”. But he believes his group still has the best chance in Kent of seizing control of a local council. Cllr Perkins was first elected in 1987 …

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Housing problem? Move to Calais!

CROSS-CHANNEL WORKING Cross-Channel commuting could hold the key to solving Canterbury’s housing problems, a French businessman claims. Thaddée Segard says increasing pressure to build thousands of homes in the district would be eased if Brits moved to Calais. Eurotunnel bosses have endorsed the idea and urged politicians to back the scheme. Property can be snapped up on the French side …

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Rail firm apology over station work

A rail firm has apologised to passengers for “unacceptable levels of service and overcrowding” at London Bridge. Network Rail’s managing director Phil Hufton says he is “very sorry” for the severe disruption caused by timetable changes to allow ongoing works at the station. Commuters travelling into London from Kent have complained of chaos, safety issues and delays — despite Southeastern …

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CAB celebrates its 75th birthday with fundraising drive

Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers are stepping up their focus on fundraising as local branches celebrate their 75th anniversary. Herne Bay’s bureau was one of the first in the country to open its doors, with Canterbury’s following shortly after. Chairman Ursula Wacher says the confidential advice service is now busier than ever with increasing numbers of people hit by the aftermath …

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Banned preacher may be given new invitation

Campus Islamic Society still hopes for talk on sharia law Kent University’s Islamic Society says it still wants to “benefit from the expertise” of a radical preacher who was banned from speaking on the campus. Haitham al-Haddad, who presides over a sharia court in East London, was invited to give a talk on sharia law by the society as part …

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