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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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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 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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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Who wields power is for you to decide

As the Gazette publishes the full list of city council candidates, we urge readers to make their voices heard on May 7. If you are disillusioned with the protracted general election campaign, then the city council one is only really now beginning to heat up. It is utterly disingenuous to believe, as some do, that all politicians are the same …

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Join pilot project and shape the future of your local news

Gazette readers are being invited to take part in an innovative project aimed at shaping the way important information about their neighbourhood is published in the future. KM Media Group, which publishes the Gazette, is taking part in one of 23 pilot projects across the country looking at new ways of publishing planning applications, details of road closures, changes to …

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