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‘Illegally worded’ parking signs row steps up gear

Investigators are examining claims the city council has doled out thousands of unlawful parking tickets in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. A UK-wide motorists’ watchdog has referred the authority’s enforcement policy to the district auditor claiming “long-time serious irregularities”. National Motorists’ Action Group (NMAG) says that parking signs throughout the district are illegally worded and rely on a misinterpretation of …

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Canterbury City Council has outlined an action plan to bring empty and derelict properties in the town back up to scratch. There are 19 sites being looked at, including prominent buildings on the seafront and also the former St Philip Howard School. Aidan Barlow reports Property owners who refuse to bring derelict eyesores back up to scratch could face a …

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What should they do with Reculver?

VIEWS are being sought on the future of Reculver Country Park. Canterbury City Council is seeking opinions on what to do with the land which was formerly leased by The Camping and Caravanning Club. It is to be incorporated into the country park and the council says it wants to enhance the open feel of the landscape around the historic …

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The rogues gallery of food hygiene

The district’s 10 worst offenders for food standards breaches can today be revealed. We’re naming and shaming the restaurants, takeaways and pubs that scored lowest when council inspectors paid a visit. All 10 scored just one out of five overall when tested in areas such as hygiene, safety and confidence in management – a rating ruling them in need of …

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Campsite and play area idea for Reculver rebuild

Council launch public consultation to improve country park Council officers have unveiled plans to create an open landscape for children and tourists at Reculver Country Park. The site was once used as a camping and caravan club, but will now become part of the coastal park which surrounds the famous 12th century towers and Saxon church ruins. The city council’s …

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Policy rules out ban on sex sites on trunk roads to city

Strip clubs and lap dancing bars will be allowed to open on trunk roads leading into the city centre – but they will not be allowed to advertise outside. Concern has been raised that the local authority’s revised p0licy on sex establishments does not do enough to prevent adult entertainment venues opening on Canterbury’s outskirts. But the council has ruled …

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Herne Bay Historical Records Society

Society chairman Mike Bundock welcomed six new visitors to the meeting and called on committee member Ian Tittley, who is also a trustee of the Herne Bay Museum Trust, to update members on the position of the negotiations with Canterbury City Council. He explained that things have moved on quite quickly since the January Newsletter and that the plans submitted …

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Church has high hopes as it eyes the big events

HERNE Bay will be getting a bigger, brighter and better “second” events venue if plans at the United Church come to fruition. Restoration has already begun on the site in Mortimer Street, but this is only the beginning as the church looks to expand its capacity and ultimately host an enhanced range of performers and events. Formed just over 13 …

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Ptolemy Dean critical of Slatters Hotel proposals

Presenter of BBC’s Restoration criticises Guy Hollaway’s plans to redevelop Canterbury’s Slatters Hotel A TV architect has launched a withering attack on a controversial city centre hotel scheme – accusing developers of “kebabbing” Canterbury’s historic buildings. Ptolemy Dean, presenter of the BBC’s Restoration series, claims the city could “come to regret” the proposed Slatters Hotel development in its current form. …

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SAINSBURY’S AND ALDI ON THE WAY

Two major supermarket developments getting started this spring WORK is finally due to start on two supermarket developments in Herne Bay. It is anticipated that the construction of an Aldi store will start next month on the site of the King’s Road car park, while Sainsbury’s is looking at a May start date for its development at Altira Park on …

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