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Solar farm at Owl’s Hatch Road near Herne given go-ahead

One of Britain’s biggest solar farms – capable of powering the whole of Herne Bay – has controversially won planning permission. The scheme, on land near Herne, will cover 212 acres – an area the equivalent of almost 150 football pitches. Developers claim their complex of photovoltaic panels will generate enough electricity to supply 14,000 homes. Rows of panels standing 2.4 metres …

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Canterbury city councillor and magistrate Ron Flaherty has died at his home in Herne Bay aged 70

Herne Bay councillor, former Sheriff of Canterbury and magistrate Ron Flaherty has died aged 70. The Liberal Democrat had represented the Heron ward on Canterbury City Canterbury since 1991 and was well-known for his sense of civic duty and commitment to constituents. Cllr Flaherty passed away following a short battle with cancer at 7.40pm on Thursday evening at the house in …

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Towers failure is my big regret

Retiring city council leader John Gilbey has admitted the failed Westgate Towers Traffic trial is his biggest regret. The Tory chief, who has announced he will not be standlog for re-election next May. still believes the scheme could have helped reduce congestion and air pollution. But he says the “wrangling” over the controversial trial thwarted any chance of its success. …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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Council gives green light to Museum bid

From the minutes of the CCC Executive, 3rd July 2014 TO CONSIDER the report of the Head of Commissioning Expressions of Interest (EOI) to manage Herne Bay and Whitstable Museums. PDF 78 KB Additional documents: Expression of Interest form Herne Bay , item 31. Friends of Herne Bay Museum Constitution , item 31. Expression of Interest Whitstable Museum , item …

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Chiefs quizzed over leader’s tax

City council bosses faced a grilling over their controversial decision to pay leader John Gilbey’s £1,250 tax bill with public money. Chief executive Colin Carmichael and director of resources Tricia Marshall were hauled before the authority’s scrutiny committee to explain the move. They also came under fire for failing to publicly announce the decision, which was revealed exclusively in the …

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Fun day to open Herne Bay market

The new Herne Bay market will be officially opened this Saturday (7 June) by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Ann Taylor, as part of a fun day. The city council-run market in William Street and Mortimer Street is open from 8am, with live music from 10am and the opening ceremony at 11am. There will also be face painting, special …

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Beach hut owners to start paying market rent

Canterbury City Council is seeking views on future charging arrangements for beach huts. Ongoing tenancy negotiations with Beach Hut Owners’ Associations prompted the council to seek external legal advice on its position. As a result, a number of changes are being made to beach hut tenancies and the associated fees. The council’s barrister provided very clear legal advice that it …

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Council’s priorities not secret, not confidential, just rubbish

The city council has finally published its league table of services as it lays the ground for further budget cuts and savings. It has put the controversial Local Plan, in which more than 15,000 new homes are planned for the district, atop the pile, with the cost of running democracy second and development management third. Culture in Canterbury also features …

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