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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Who wields power is for you to decide

As the Gazette publishes the full list of city council candidates, we urge readers to make their voices heard on May 7. If you are disillusioned with the protracted general election campaign, then the city council one is only really now beginning to heat up. It is utterly disingenuous to believe, as some do, that all politicians are the same …

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Join pilot project and shape the future of your local news

Gazette readers are being invited to take part in an innovative project aimed at shaping the way important information about their neighbourhood is published in the future. KM Media Group, which publishes the Gazette, is taking part in one of 23 pilot projects across the country looking at new ways of publishing planning applications, details of road closures, changes to …

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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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