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Challenge to parking fine over sign that’s ‘wrong’

Would you park next to this sign? A would-be councillor says it is misleading drivers and that council bosses are refusing to correct it. Ukip party hopeful for Herne and Broomfield John Moore said the signpost by the taxi rank outside Vivid in the High Street is causing confusion. It follows the news last week that Canterbury City Council faces …

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Eton to appeal over plan for 290 homes

Developers behind plans for nearly 300 new homes in Chestfield have lodged an appeal after the proposal was turned down. They want to build 290 homes, a primary school and other buildings on the Bodkin Farm land between Herne Bay and Whitstable. But the proposal, put forward by public school Eton College, was turned down by Canterbury City Council and …

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‘Garden pinched for new homes’

An angry council tenant claims the authority has pinched a strip of his garden for a new housing development. Chris Pruden lives in a block of flats in St Peter’s Place, which backs on to the Westgate Gardens. They are next door to the former council-owned Serco storage site, which has now been flattened to make way for three new …

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Owners of dereIict homes sent higher council tax bills

Homeowners who leave their properties derelict for more than two years are now being hit with a 150% council tax bill. Under new rules which kicked in yesterday (Wednesday), Canterbury City Council can demand increased tax on homes which are laid to waste. And the Gazette can today reveal that nearly 2,500 properties in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are …

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Campaigners seek reopening of loos

Campaigners have called on the city council to reopen the public loos in Beltinge. The toilets in Reculver Road were closed in July to save £5,000 each year, following a review by councillors who found they were not being used as often as facilities elsewhere in the district. But those opposed to the decision say it leaves pensioners facing a …

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Modifications urged to route for pylons

The city council is asking National Grid to modify the controversial route of its proposed new pylons around Canterbury. The company wants to connect a new electricity line between Richborough and the Broad Oak Road sub-station with more than 60 pylons, each up to 46m high. In a report due before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday night, senior planning …

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Ex-builder laments sad state of toilets for disabled

A HERNE Bay man has highlighted the issue of toilets for the disabled on Herne Bay seafront having been closed for months. Dave Lee Giles says the toilets and adjoining shelter on Central Parade have been closed for more than four months. He said: “The toilets for able-bodied people are open, but the disabled ones aren’t. They’ve been closed off …

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Charitable trust plan postponed

PLANS for the management of Whitstable Museum to be handed from the city council to a charitable trust today (Wednesday) have been delayed due to a legal hitch. The application from The Whitstable Community Museum and Gallery to run the museum had already been agreed by the local authority and it was Intended that the handover occur today. However, Brian …

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HERNE BAY HISTORICAL RECORDS SOCIETY

MIKE BUNDOCK, chairman, welcomed members to the evening which he said was in a slightly different format this time, one which he hoped they would enjoy. The display of all the project work that members have been undertaking on shops, cinemas and war memorials in Herne Bay proved very popular with an excellent attendance of members.The quiz with questions based …

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ROAD SAFETY FEARS OVER ESTATE PLANS

Council set to make cul-de-sac access route for new development FAMILIES in a quiet Herne Bay cul-de-sac are worried that their children will be in danger if it is designated as the only access to a new housing estate. People living in Puffin Road, part of the Castle Chase estate in Hillborough, fear the tranquillity of their surroundings will be …

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