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Crown Post Office closure confirmed

BOSSES have confirmed that Whitstable’s Crown Post Office will close temporarily at the end of April, leaving residents and business without a town centre service. The Gladstone Road site is due to close on Wednesday, April 29, but no alternative venue, either temporary or long-term, has been found, sparking outrage among campaigners. A Post Office spokesman said: “We are committed …

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New firm in talks to take on Beach Street revamp

Key regeneration plans to put town centre in touch with seafront A NEW firm is believed to have come on board to deliver a key piece of regeneration in Herne Bay — linking Beach Street to the seafront. The proposal to demolish buildings between Central Parade and Beach Street will allow people to walk from the town centre to the …

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Fighting closure of historic post office

A piece of my mind Julie Wassmer, TV writer, author and local campaigner A FEW weeks ago I wrote in this column about the value of whistleblowers. Last Tuesday (March 31) the whistle was blown on Post Office Ltd when a statement was leaked to me announcing the “temporary closure” of Whitstable’s Crown Post Office from April 29. Whitstable’s post …

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Challenge to parking fine over sign that’s ‘wrong’

Would you park next to this sign? A would-be councillor says it is misleading drivers and that council bosses are refusing to correct it. Ukip party hopeful for Herne and Broomfield John Moore said the signpost by the taxi rank outside Vivid in the High Street is causing confusion. It follows the news last week that Canterbury City Council faces …

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Eton to appeal over plan for 290 homes

Developers behind plans for nearly 300 new homes in Chestfield have lodged an appeal after the proposal was turned down. They want to build 290 homes, a primary school and other buildings on the Bodkin Farm land between Herne Bay and Whitstable. But the proposal, put forward by public school Eton College, was turned down by Canterbury City Council and …

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‘Garden pinched for new homes’

An angry council tenant claims the authority has pinched a strip of his garden for a new housing development. Chris Pruden lives in a block of flats in St Peter’s Place, which backs on to the Westgate Gardens. They are next door to the former council-owned Serco storage site, which has now been flattened to make way for three new …

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Owners of dereIict homes sent higher council tax bills

Homeowners who leave their properties derelict for more than two years are now being hit with a 150% council tax bill. Under new rules which kicked in yesterday (Wednesday), Canterbury City Council can demand increased tax on homes which are laid to waste. And the Gazette can today reveal that nearly 2,500 properties in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are …

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Campaigners seek reopening of loos

Campaigners have called on the city council to reopen the public loos in Beltinge. The toilets in Reculver Road were closed in July to save £5,000 each year, following a review by councillors who found they were not being used as often as facilities elsewhere in the district. But those opposed to the decision say it leaves pensioners facing a …

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Modifications urged to route for pylons

The city council is asking National Grid to modify the controversial route of its proposed new pylons around Canterbury. The company wants to connect a new electricity line between Richborough and the Broad Oak Road sub-station with more than 60 pylons, each up to 46m high. In a report due before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday night, senior planning …

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Ex-builder laments sad state of toilets for disabled

A HERNE Bay man has highlighted the issue of toilets for the disabled on Herne Bay seafront having been closed for months. Dave Lee Giles says the toilets and adjoining shelter on Central Parade have been closed for more than four months. He said: “The toilets for able-bodied people are open, but the disabled ones aren’t. They’ve been closed off …

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