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Murray might make a mint

Our beloved Council will be giving away land to a developer. Not just any old land, but money-making car park land. And not just any old car park, but valuable car parking land near the sea front. And not just any developer, but one that’s been on telly. Let’s not forget, the Council is simply holding things on our behalf. …

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Independents to stand in county council poll

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Howes that! Army out. Is there a silver lining?

Connected? 11th Feb 2013: the (almost) all-powerful CCC Executive have one of their all-too-common secret meetings – this one about a “strategic” (and cheap) property deal which is in a “key site for improvements to the road network in that area”. 5th Mar 2013: the MoD announce the closure of Canterbury Howe Barracks. Cllr Gilbey says “I think this is …

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Are Idlers Being Rewarded?

An interesting programme on Radio 4 the other day weighed up the pros and cons of idleness. A colonel’s wife spoke of enjoying brandy and ginger ale at bath-times and occasionally chatting to her kids through an intercom when she was particularly bored. A former miner spoke movingly about beginning work as a school boy in 1925 and finding his …

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Oh dear. He just doesn’t get it, does he?

Step 1 – put your fingers in your ears, to block out the voice of reason. Step 2 – shut your eyes tightly, to avoid seeing the evidence. Step 3 – close your mind to the facts. Step 4 – keep shouting “The Westgate trial is a success”, in the hope you’ll be believed. Congratulations – you’re councillor material. Canterbury’s …

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Gilbey crushes colleague, damages democracy

This is shocking, whichever way you look at it. Cllr Gilbey fires one of his own, supposedly for speaking out of turn (see news item below). As Cllr Hirst points out, he is a councillor for both Canterbury City and Kent County, and he decides which hat to wear on the basis of whether the issue is a District level …

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Work to start on Herne Bay sea defences

Canterbury City Council has received approval and funding from the Environment Agency to start improvements to the sea defences at the central part of Herne Bay. The £900,000 project includes a £80,000 council contribution, and work is due to start on site at the end of January. Breheny Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract, and all improvements should be …

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Christmas message from the Pier Trust

Good News for the future of the Pier Three trustees of the HB Pier Trust attended the executive meeting of Canterbury City Council last Thursday and although they arrived smarting from the negative vibes in the press about an ultimatum to “shape up or ship out”, they were pleasantly surprised by the positive attitude of the councillors at the meeting. …

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Derelict Methodist church in Herne Bay High Street is sold

A derelict Methodist church in Herne Bay High Street has been sold to be turned into flats after languishing on the market for the past two years. The historic landmark was opened in 1885 but the Methodists moved out ten years ago and the pigeons moved in. The building, on the corner of the High Street and Beach Street, has …

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All aboard the 4.20am flight to Amsterdam?

Let’s have a quick look at the latest exciting news to come from Manston airport. The suggestion is that KLM’s decision as whether or not to run a twice a day service between Manton and Schipol will be influenced (but not decided) by the response to Manston’s online survey. Charles Buchanan says that KLM would have a plane parked at …

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