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Councillors should serve as civic duty

I HAVE been following with a degree of interest via the local press the call for the executive system of local government to revert to the old committee system. I have to say that from my experience this is not the answer. The reality is whichever political party has the majority on the council ends up with a majority on …

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Parking problem is being exaggerated

I WAS unable to attend the joint transportation board meeting due to work commitments, but I can assure you that the basis of the complaints about commuter parking is exaggerated somewhat (“Row over commuter cars parked in street”, Times, February 27). The fact is that they live near a station and as such they have to put up with the …

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Join the battle for outpatient services

Crowds expected at meeting to decide hospital’s future CAMPAIGNERS have issued a call to all supporters of the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital to turn out for a second public meeting about its future. So many people packed into the Kings Hall for the first session in January that crowds were turned away, so officials promised to return to explain their …

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Street pastors are welcome addition

Delight at new help with late-night revellers A TEAM of angels will take to the streets of Herne Bay this summer to keep a watchful eye on late-night revellers. The town’s churches have teamed up to launch a Street Pastors scheme, where volunteers patrol hotspots for antisocial behaviour, handing out bottles of water, flip flops and blankets. They also look …

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Parish councillor quits over planning ‘conflict’

Election looms after Strode Farm boss Brealy steps down A PARISH councillor has resigned from his post after months of debate about his involvement in plans to build hundreds of homes on farmland. Andrew Brealy stood down at Herne and Broomfield Parish Council’s last meeting, and an election will take place if more than one candidate comes forward to replace …

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No ‘divine right’ for motorists

CAR owners were warned they have no “divine right” to park near their homes as councillors considered extra yellow lines in Whitstable. Residents in Suffolk Street asked for double yellow lines after fears that emergency services would not be able to get through. But at a meeting of the joint transportation board, a panel of Canterbury City Council and Kent …

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No yellow lines on busy road

REMOVING parking bays from a road used by thousands of school children could lead to a serious accident, councillors have been told. Officials had recommended painting a single yellow line on Old Dover Road, between Nackington Road and The Gate, banning parking from 9am to 10am and 2pm to 3pm, but residents said it would be a dangerous move. John …

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Pothole nightmare is putting cyclists at risk

OFFICIALS must deal with the state of the roads or abandon pledges to encourage people to cycle, a leading councillor has warned. Lib Dem Nick Eden-Green said cyclists took their lives in their hands when they tried to use the city’s roads, and that, with major development planned under Canterbury City Council’s local plan the situation would only get worse. …

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Meeting over academy site

PLANS to demolish the old Spires Academy will be discussed next week. Councillors are expected to grant planning permission for a scheme to build 80 houses, including 55 affordable homes for shared ownership, on the site on the corner of Bredlands Lane and Island Road. The school used the site until 2010 when it moved to new buildings opposite. But …

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Sign up to fight for democracy here

TREVOR Sharp’s letter (Your Views, February 20) makes the case for Canterbury council to change to a committee system. As he says, there is a groundswell of support for such a change. It would involve all councillors in the making of decisions. it would be more democratic and more transparent than the present system. Local people have the power to …

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