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March, 2015

  • 6 March

    Eight-year-old child given shotgun licence by Kent Police

    A child as young as eight has been issued a shotgun licence in Kent, it has been revealed. The youngster, who was granted the certificate by Kent Police, is among the youngest in the country to have legal access to a shotgun. The shock figures came to light after a freedom of information request by Sky News to forces in …

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  • 5 March

    Government to review airport CPO

    Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs A government review has been ordered into the decision not to go ahead with the compulsory purchase of Kent’s Manston Airport, which closed last May. Thanet District Council (TDC) decided in December it would not go for a compulsory purchase order (CPO), despite the wishes of campaigners. Transport minister …

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  • 5 March

    Switch-off fiasco likely to cast a long shadow

    Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • So, why did the politician who was in charge of the streetlight switch-off quit his job? Speculation is rife at County Hall, with some mischievously suggesting that Cllr David Brazier decided it was probably better …

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  • 5 March

    Corrections and clarifications

    In last week’s Gazette we ran a story on Hillary Barrows, who had been forced to live in her car with her dogs because the council’s emergency accommodation does not accept pets. We would like to clarify that since arriving in the UK she has had one part-time job, not “some”, as reported. The Dogs Trust paid for her dogs’ …

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  • 5 March

    Demeaning route to council cash

    Following your story headlined The Big Money Debate (Herne Bay Gazette, February 26), we are trying to be self-sustaining and should not have to go cap in hand to Canterbury City Council by prostituting and exploiting the lives and bad luck stories of our residents who I said deserve better. I did not mean to say we and other charities …

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  • 5 March

    A chance to sign libraries petition

    Thank you for providing information about the Save Our Public Libraries petition at http://tinyurl.com/kentlibs (Don’t Close Book On Our Libraries’ Future, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, February 26). Unfortunately, just as the Gazette was published, a technical error at KCC’s petition site made it very difficult to sign. This problem has now been fixed; so anyone who was prevented …

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  • 5 March

    Great work to keep cemetery tidy

    I would like to thank the men who keep the Canterbury cemetery in order. I visit a grave at least once a month. Up until this week it has been a difficult task owing to the grave so close to the one 1 visit being overgrown and making it hopeless to keep mine tidy. The pine tree was so close, …

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  • 5 March

    Councifior Lee will be great loss

    I was very sorry to read that our local councillor Peter Lee is retiring. He has always been very supportive to us as residents whenever we needed his advice, and always found time to answer letters and emails arid giving us whatever help he can. May he enjoy his cricket. Ann Gannon Spa Esplanade, Herne Bay Herne Bay Gazette, March …

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  • 5 March

    Why was police boss not charged?

    It was with a sense of incredulity that I read (Prosecutors Won’t Take Up Case Against Police Boss, Herne Bay Gazette, February 26) that the Independent Police Complaints Commission had determined police commissioner Ann Barnes ‘may’ have committed an insurance offence crime. Either she did or didn’t drive with proper insurance cover. How can there be any room for ambiguity? …

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  • 5 March

    Keep Strode Farm for food production

    What is the future of Strode Farm? At the moment the majority, if not wholly, of the estate has been designated as building land despite strong protests from the residents and the local parish council. Although, the developer has publicly stated his decision to build an estate nothing specific has been shown and no planning application has been submitted. While …

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  • 5 March

    • Thank you for publishing Gale’s View last week, which told us so much about Sir Roger Gale’s failure as an MP to stand up for the people he represents. The Conservatives got into power five years ago on a promise to cut immigration. Sir Roger’s campaign literature made that promise. Immigration is now higher than it was when the …

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  • 5 March

    A cheap and silly pop at Ukip by MP

    Sir Roger Gale has once more taken the opportunity to take a cheap and frankly unintelligent pop at Ukip in his latest newspaper article for the people of Thanet (No Real Appetite For Hard-right Populism, Gale’s View, Home Bay Gazette, February 26). Sir Roger seems quite determined to have us believe that he actually cares who votes for him. The …

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  • 5 March

    Problem of a lack of respect for justice

    The fact Calvin Saward took to Facebook to show the world his tag shows just how little shame many people convicted in our courts have for justice. As the Gazette reports this week, Saward grabbed a knife and headed into the street to confront a baying mob – only to be held back by his father, an action which stopped …

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  • 5 March

    Call for awareness of toads on roads

    Conservationists took to the streets to highlight the plight of toads at the start of breeding season. Thousands of the amphibians are coming out of hibernation and heading to ponds to mate. For many, their trek takes them across some of the district’s busiest roads. Members of the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group dressed in costume in Canterbury city centre …

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  • 5 March

    £500k makeover starts on Mile

    Work has started on the King’s Mile upgrade in Canterbury. City council contractors have already started digging the road up where The Borough meets Palace Street as part of a £500,000 project, paid for with public money and contributions from developers. The extended King’s Mite will include widened paths, coloured road surfaces and new planters, seating and lighting, all aimed …

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  • 5 March

    Addict found dead in her flat after taking methadone

    Woman, 47, discovered under pile of clothing A drug addict and alcoholic was found dead at her home under a pile of clothing after taking the heroin substitute methadone. The body of Lorraine Taylor, who lived for many years in Herne Bay, was discovered by police at a flat on Canterbury’s Hales Place Estate on April 28. An inquest heard …

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  • 5 March

    Tale of generosity as Chaucer statue gets valuable help

    Celebrities pay £5,000 to appear as characters Plans for a life-size bronze statue of Geoffrey Chaucer have reached a pivotal point with the allocation of the two remaining characters to feature on its plinth. Local personalities have paid or been sponsored £5,000 to appear on the statue in the city centre as the faces of characters from the Canterbury Tales. …

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  • 5 March

    It will soon be time for our reptiles to wake up

    Nature Notes by Peter Gay Although some weather forecasters now consider that spring begins on March 1, I prefer the traditional date of the equinox, March 20/21, when the hours of darkness and light are equal and our gardens and countryside are bursting into life – the month when our native reptiles begin to wake from their winter slumber. Adders, …

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  • 5 March

    War veteran Cyril Neame bitten by rat at Haydon Mayer Care Home in Herne Bay

    The family of an 83-year-old war veteran with dementia moved him from a Herne Bay care home after he was bitten by a rat while he slept. Great-grandfather Cyril Neame suffered a wound to his hand after the rodent sunk its teeth in at the Haydon Mayer Care Home in Albany Drive. Kent County Council raised concerns about his care …

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  • 5 March

    Minister John Hayes announces review over Manston Airport

    The government is to appoint a consultant to review the decisions taken so far about the future of Manston Airport. Transport Minister John Hayes made the announcement during a visit to the airport site today. Mr Hayes said: “I recognise the strong interest in keeping Manston Airport open which is why the government is leaving no stone unturned in the …

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