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We can turn this district green, says party hopeful

The leader of the Green Party was in Canterbury last week to lend her support for local parliamentary candidate Stuart Jeffery. Natalie Bennett is backing Mr Jeffrey’s bid to win the Canterbury and Whitstable seat from Conservative MP Julian Brazier. The event in the city was attended by some 40 supporters, who heard Mr Jeffery’s campaign launch speech. He is …

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Do you want to be a councillor?

The city council has come under frequent fire over its decision-making process, so could you do any better? There will soon be an opportunity to stand for election for the authority, which is organising a meeting to explain how and what the role of a councillor involves. But with 11 fewer seats in the chamber to fight for after boundary …

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Views on tax plans wanted

City council chiefs have started a consultation over their budget for next year. They are proposing a rise of 1.99% for 2015/16 on its part of the council tax — the equivalent of 1p extra per day. Had it pressed for a bigger increase, it would have triggered a referendum. The authority argues that the rise reflects its decision not …

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Towers failure is my big regret

Retiring city council leader John Gilbey has admitted the failed Westgate Towers Traffic trial is his biggest regret. The Tory chief, who has announced he will not be standlog for re-election next May. still believes the scheme could have helped reduce congestion and air pollution. But he says the “wrangling” over the controversial trial thwarted any chance of its success. …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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Council leader to down before May stand polls

CANTERBURY City Council leader John Gilbey has announced that he will stand down at the next election. The councillor, who represents Blean Forest, said he will not stand for re-election in May. Mr Gilbey, who has led the council since 2007, said the achievements the council had made during his time as leader were “staggering”, but admitted he had some …

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Pound-saving loo review prevents pensioners from spending a penny

Villagers have accused council bureaucrats of preventing them from spending a penny to save a few pounds. Campaigners are furious that toilets in Beltinge have been sent down the pan, saving £5,000. But the decision means pensioners face the inconvenience of a mile-long trek to the next nearest loos, at the Kings Hall. Ray MacPherson, of Reculver Road, said: When …

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Neighbours fear ’30-year-battle’ to stop children’s home in their…

Plans to convert a house into a care home for children with challenging behaviour have been blocked – for the third time. Officials refused to allow the conversion of the property in Gainsborough Drive, Beltinge, after deciding Horizon Care had still not provided enough information to back up its case. The company argued that the home was similar to a …

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Nothing to loos by renting this space

A rare opportunity has arisen to rent out business space which offers one of the best views of the beach in Whitstable and could leave you flushed with happiness. The unusual office space has been built into the upper floor of the public toilet block in Beach Walk but offers something which should not be poo-pooed for it is a loo …

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