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Local Plan: Tories and opposition split over proposals

Canterbury City Council’s blueprint for the district has already created a split between the Tory majority and opposition members. Each Conservative on the ruling executive insists he or she will listen to public opinion and allow it to shape Canterbury’s future. The council will use its forthcoming issue of its District Life magazine to outline the Local Plan and tell …

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Local Plan: Developers’ cash should stay in town

I was angered and dismayed to find that the draft Local Plan explicitly stated that developers’ contributions (once called S106, now called CIL – Community Infrastructure Levy) would flow OUT of Herne Bay. There was no mention of CIL money flowing out of Canterbury or Whitstable, and no mention of CIL money flowing IN to Herne Bay. So we were …

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Local Plan – SNAFU

Canterbury City Council gaffe delays decision on draft Local Plan A decision on whether a document earmarking almost 16,000 new homes in the Canterbury district can be put out to consultation has been delayed – because of an administrative error. The document proposes 15,600 new homes on sites in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable before 2031.   Normal   0 …

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Local Plan: extra NHS funds needed for population boom

A top doctor says extra NHS funding will be needed for local health services to cope with an influx of more than 15,000 new homes in the district. Dr Mark Jones, the clinical chairman for NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, says it would need extra government cash to deal with an estimated population increase of 40,000. He was …

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Canterbury district’s local plan discussed in public for the first time

 … and guess what – Herne Bay gets screwed. To pay for treats for Canterbury.  Canterbury City Council’s draft local plan was discussed in public for the first time last night, amid accusations one of the key sites was “undeliverable” and uncosted. At a meeting of the council’s overview committee, Lib Dem Nick Eden-Green said the proposal for 4,000 homes …

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UKIP take Herne Bay

Victorious UKIP members in the Bay are celebrating their success in the Kent County Council elections. The party wrestled both Herne Bay seats from sitting Tories Jean Law and David Hirst, with Nicholas Bond and Brian MacDowall now representing the town at County Hall. The result was the last declared and the only UKIP win in the district, but took …

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Local Plan: What’s wrong? Where to start?

CCC Liberal Democrat leader Alex Perkins has panned the draft plan. He said: I am afraid there is so much wrong with this draft local plan it is hard to know where to start. We clearly do need more housing, but the premise and process here are completely wrong. For a start, the plan is entirely developer-led. A plan like …

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Barriers to progress

Years of waiting, thousands of pounds, and one snafu after another. Following relentless pressure from Andy Lawrence, our councillors raided the Herne Bay Opportunity Fund for £3,000 to pay for the barrier across Mortimer Street (instead of getting KCC Highways to pay for it), and CCC put the job out to tender. They awarded the job to a fencing company …

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Free parking – is it worth the money?

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It’s hard to tell whether this scheme is gibberish or not.The money to pay for this free parking experiment is coming from the “Opportunity Fund” – £10k set aside by CCC for the Herne Bay councillors to spend on local projects. I had fondly imagined that this would cover stuff that …

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