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Time for us all to be registered

Council runs drop-in sessions to encourage people to vote WITH less than six weeks to register to vote in this year’s General Election, Canterbury City Council has announced a series of drop-in sessions to help get as many people as possible to the polls on May. People have until Monday, April 20, to register to vote in the election. The …

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Members sought for BID board CANTERBURY: The controversial Canterbury Business Improvement District is looking for local businessowners to make up its new permanent board of directors. Levy paying members of the BID have all been sent packs telling them how to stand for the board, should they want to. Since being formed last year, the BID has been guided by …

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Positive proof that Herne Bay is back in business

The impact of town’s regeneration felt at busy networking event THERE was not a negative word to be heard at Herne Bay’s seventh business and projects exhibition on Wednesday. Developers, charities, organisations and individuals from across the district converged on King’s Hall to show what they had to offer and to indulge in some all-important networking. For the first time, …

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Clean-up fails to fix statue’s two black eyes

Fears that graffiti damage is permanent ONE of Herne Bay’s most well-known landmarks remains tarnished by spray paint, weeks after it was targeted by vandals. The Boy With A Boat, sculpted out of Portland limestone by Paula Haughney and installed in 1993, has had two black eyes and a smiley mouth added to it by the culprits. Herne Bay resident …

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Vandals can get to wall more easily now

I WOULD LIKE to respond to the story about the graffiti on the exterior walls of our school ( Times, February 25). The lack of response from the school may give some readers the impression that we do not care about the state of our premises. Unfortunately the call from Canterbury City Council ran when the school was closed for …

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Demeaning route to council cash

Following your story headlined The Big Money Debate (Herne Bay Gazette, February 26), we are trying to be self-sustaining and should not have to go cap in hand to Canterbury City Council by prostituting and exploiting the lives and bad luck stories of our residents who I said deserve better. I did not mean to say we and other charities …

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‘GREEN PIER’ COULD EARN £500K A YEAR

Trust hears plans for barrage, lagoon and underwater turbines HERNE Bay could be taking a bold leap into the future if plans for a “green pier” come to fruition. The proposals were aired at last week’s annual general meeting of the Herne Bay Pier Trust and comprise a tidal lagoon, a barrage and underwater turbines that would capture the power …

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Gorrell Tank car park: wait goes on for traders

Businesses fear Southern Water plans will cost them dear SOUTHERN Water bosses have revealed this week that half of the largest car park in Whitstable will remain out of use for months. The Gorrell Tank car park closed at the end of April last year after an investigation revealed that the supporting columns of the tank, situated beneath the car …

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Illegal parking sign won’t see council change policy

Challenge to ticket opens up can of worms A landmark tribunal ruling has found Canterbury City Council guilty of illegal parking enforcement — yet the authority is refusing point blank to change its policy. Numerous parking signs – in place since 2007 – are unlawfully worded and unenforceable, adjudicators have decided. Their decision could prompt hundreds of challenges to historic …

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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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