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Village Green update: Changing the Law for the better

Yes, it’s still going on! It’s 2,770 days since I applied to register the Downs as a village green, and I think we’ve just made a big step forward. The previous administration at Canterbury City Council was dead set against the idea of a village green, and fought it tooth and nail. Following the local elections, we have a change …

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Local Plan Inquiry – in Herne Bay for one day ONLY!

Those of you have been following the development of the Local Plan will know that Herne Bay is in line to get royally screwed – the proposed housing will increase the size of our town by between a quarter and a third. In recognition of the potentially devastating impact this will have, the powers that be in Canterbury have kindly allowed …

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This week at the council

Coming up at Canterbury City Council between Monday 20 and Sunday 26 July:   Committee meetings Tuesday 21 July – Licensing Sub Committee Tuesday 21 July – Planning Committee Wednesday 22 July – East Kent Services Committee Thursday 23 July – Full Council Thursday 23 July – Decision Review Committee   Planning applications A total of 32 new planning applications …

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This week at Canterbury City Council

Coming up at Canterbury City Council between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 July: Committee meetings Policy and Resources Committee – Wednesday 15 July Planning applications A total of 36 new planning applications are now available to view. Lord Mayor’s diary Find out what the civic team is up to this week. Latest news Catch up on all the council news …

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Local elections are just as important as the big one

From The Chief Executive’s Office by city council chief executive Colin Carmichael With the general election dominating the news, it’s perhaps inevitable that local elections are being a little overlooked. So this is a good moment to remind everybody that on Thursday, May 7, not only will you be electing your MP to represent you, but also your local Canterbury …

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Planners sticking to their guns over homes

LOCAL PLAN LATEST Controversial plans to deliver 780 new homes per year in the Canterbury district will not be scaled back, council chiefs have warned. Senior officers claim the 15,500 new homes target for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable over the next 20 years is realistic – and could even be increased. They say it would be disastrous to tear …

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Council chief executive ticketed for illegal parking

A council’s chief executive is accused of hypocrisy after he was caught parking his Jaguar on double yellow lines in Canterbury city centre. Colin Carmichael left his luxury saloon on lines, that were freshly painted by his employer to make it “absolutely clear” parking is not allowed. Mr Carmichael, who this week extolled the virtues of public transport, was ticketed …

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Council sticking to its 780-homes-a-year plan

Bosses insist figure is correct, despite opposition A MINIMUM of 780 houses a year will be built across the Canterbury district to meet demand, council bosses say. The city council wants to press ahead with its major housing development plans despite a petition against them. In February Jim Gascoyne, the Ukip candidate for the Canterbury seat in the General Election, …

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Residents can have a free red wheelie bin

JUST a few lines to update you on red wheelie bins. In letters to the editor over the past two months, Canterbury City Council have now decided the residents can have a free red wheelie bin if we apply to Serco on 01227 819400, delivery will cost £8.50, or collect from Serco Kingsmead office for free. You will have to …

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