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End in sight for blackouts

£40m LED plan to light streets again at night A £40 million investment in LED technology will pave the way for a return to all-night street lighting across Herne Bay. Residential areas have been plunged into darkness overnight since Kent County Council started a cost-cutting trial in December 2013. The move to LED will spell the end of the controversial …

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All-night street lighting with LEDs

A £40 million investment in LED technology is set to pave the way for a return to all-night street lighting across the Canterbury district and Faversham. Kent County Council has pledged to convert the county’s 120,000 street lights to LED, bringing to an end a controversial cost-cutting trial. It means all-night street lighting will return to residential roads, but it …

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Meetings’ statistics no longer published

Attendance details could be misteaaing, says council A row has broken out over a move by Kent County Council to stop publisning details of how many meeting county councillor attend. KCC says it took the decision after some councillors complainrd it could gave a misleading impression of the work they did as an elected member. The decision to stop publishing …

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Relief at U-turn on cuts to community wardens

Community wardens in Herne Bay have been saved from the chop after a U-turn by county councillors. Kent County Council had launchnd a six-week public consultation asking for people’s views on possible plans to axe 24 of the county’s 70 wardens. The proposals were put forward because the council wanted to save £1.28 million each year towards the estimated £330 …

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Tories told to come clean over stance on lights switch-off

Labour’s sole city councillor Alan Baldock has called on the Tory-controlled authority to come clean over whether it supports the turning off of street lights at night. Last year Kent County Council announced it would begin a programme of turning off half its streetlights between midnight and 5.30am as part of a money-saving drive. However, Cllr Baldock, who represents the …

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Village green decision on hold

Kent County Council has decided to defer any decision about the Downs, pending the outcome of another court case. There is another village green application (near Whitby) that is known as the Barkas case – all these cases are named after the applicant, rather than the piece of land involved. As so often happens, this case pivots on the fine …

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John Gilbey got out of the wrong side of bed Part 1

Our Precious Leader didn’t have a good start to Saturday by the looks of it. Someone or something, or possibly everything, had him riled and the solution was to let rip on his very own website and Facebook page. It may be that he was displeased with the public reaction to his support for the proposed one-way system in Whitstable …

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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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