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Poll says yes to a town council for Whitstable

Times readers vote 3 to 1 in favour WHITSTABLE Times online readers have backed the possibility of the seaside town getting its own town council. A poll on our website was prompted after the Whitstable Green Party launched a petition calling for the change. People of Whitstable living in the Gorrell, Seasalter and Tankerton wards are being invited to support …

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Issues not solved by driving students out

LAST week’s edition of the Canterbury Times featured a letter which stated there were “too many students” in the city. While students and householders in Canterbury generally get on well, there have been points of tension in the last year. An end of term party at Canterbury Christ Church University drew more than 70 noise complaints. The letter, which was …

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Herne Bay Pier vandalism fears

Security will be stepped up at Herne Bay Pier after vandals caused havoc after dark. Two weeks ago two tables appeared overnight on the pier platform and after the next night one had been thrown in to the sea. Last week a window was smashed on the pier’s windbreak. The Herne Bay Pier Trust, which runs and maintains the pier, …

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Rebrand plan for museum

Volunteers have unveiled plans to rebrand the museum as the Seaside Museum Herne Bay. It follows a debate at the official launch meeting on Friday, March 27, where ideas were put forward about a possible new theme for the building in William Street. Friends of Herne Bay Museum secretary suggested the new seaside themed idea, and said the majority backed …

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Where would we build homes for Londoners?

The revelation that Canterbury, Thanet and Dover districts could be saddled with 115,000 extra homes over the next decade prompts one overriding question: Where on earth would they go? With few previously undeveloped brownfield sites left, it is fantasy to suggest that they could go anywhere near to accommodating them. The only sensible answer is the countryside with its farmland, …

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Boris told: We won’t solve London’s housing crisis

Council leader sends message regarding homes shortage City council leader John Gilbey has issued a defiant cry to London authorities planning to swamp east Kent with tens of thousands of new homes: “Solve your own problems.” The Conservative’s response came after it emerged that a report for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson suggested that Canterbury, Thanet and Dover could …

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Run cables below ground, urges KCC

Controversial plans for dozens of electricity pylons around Canterbury have been condemned by Kent County Council. It is now urging National Grid to review its proposed Richborough Connection and consider using underground cables. The company plans to erect more than 60 pylons up to 50 metres tall between Richborough and the Broad Oak sub-station in Canterbury but KCC leader Paul …

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Crown Post Office closure confirmed

BOSSES have confirmed that Whitstable’s Crown Post Office will close temporarily at the end of April, leaving residents and business without a town centre service. The Gladstone Road site is due to close on Wednesday, April 29, but no alternative venue, either temporary or long-term, has been found, sparking outrage among campaigners. A Post Office spokesman said: “We are committed …

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New firm in talks to take on Beach Street revamp

Key regeneration plans to put town centre in touch with seafront A NEW firm is believed to have come on board to deliver a key piece of regeneration in Herne Bay — linking Beach Street to the seafront. The proposal to demolish buildings between Central Parade and Beach Street will allow people to walk from the town centre to the …

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Fighting closure of historic post office

A piece of my mind Julie Wassmer, TV writer, author and local campaigner A FEW weeks ago I wrote in this column about the value of whistleblowers. Last Tuesday (March 31) the whistle was blown on Post Office Ltd when a statement was leaked to me announcing the “temporary closure” of Whitstable’s Crown Post Office from April 29. Whitstable’s post …

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