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April, 2015

  • 23 April

    Courts can help to clear litter

    I am appalled by the volume of roadside litter deposited by mindless people and HGV drivers in particular. I daily use the A2 London/Dover Road and have to view the disgusting volume of roadside litter. What a dreadful example to set before those drivers entering/leaving the UK via the Channel ports and rail terminals. Over the past week or so …

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  • 23 April

    Wanted: Views on the bus service

    As a Kent county councillor I receive considerable feedback from residents on our bus services, particularly those between Canterbury and Herne Bay. A considerable part of cash flow for our local service provider comes from Kent County Council in the form of subsidies and grants made for conveying our school children. This situation seems to allow the service provider such …

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  • 23 April

    Outer ring road will ease congestion

    It is hardly surprising that interest in fourth slip road from the A2 into the Wincheap commercial estate is waning. The previous slip road from the A28 onto the London bound A2 was heralded as a solution to Wincheap’s traffic problems, but as users of the A28 will know the traffic, if anything, has got worse there since it was …

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  • 23 April

    I appreciate the publication of all the city council candidates in the April 16 edition and read with interest your accompanying article. I was, however, surprised to see your comment on St Stephen’s ward, since Labour were second in the area in the last KCC elections. I was at the well-attended local hustings in St Stephen’s church hall on Monday …

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  • 23 April

    Labour are in the contest as well

    I notice that in your recent article on the election contest in St Stephens, you say it is a straight contest between Lib Dems and Tories, and make no mention of the Labour Party candidates. You take no account of the hustings which took place at St Stephen’s Hall on April 13.  I was at this meeting and was impressed …

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  • 23 April

    Spoiling what’s left of our lovely city

    We are disappointed that the city council decided to dispose of yet another public lavatory for what seems to us to be a paltry sum when set against the needs of visitors to the city, shoppers and tourists. If the council is short of £198,000 then surely it should use its healthy reserves rather than remove another public asset. Also, …

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  • 23 April

    OK, fine: It’s ‘do as I say, not as l do’

    As a piece of high farce, it cannot be surpassed: Council chief executive Colin Carmichael parks his hulking Jaguar on double yellow lines specifically painted on a section of the North Lane car park to reinforce the fact that drivers cannot park there. The chief has owned up and paid his modest fine. In doing so, he argues that he …

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  • 23 April

    Major themes of manifestoes

    With just two weeks to go until polling day, Alex Claridge looks at the manifestos of those standing and examine five key pledges of each. Major themes running through them are tackling congestion and pollution, altering the way the council works and protecting open spaces. Outside the five main parties, we also include the pledges of Labour-turned-independent councillor John Wratten …

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  • 23 April

    Planners sticking to their guns over homes

    LOCAL PLAN LATEST Controversial plans to deliver 780 new homes per year in the Canterbury district will not be scaled back, council chiefs have warned. Senior officers claim the 15,500 new homes target for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable over the next 20 years is realistic – and could even be increased. They say it would be disastrous to tear …

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  • 23 April

    Campaigner fights libraries plan

    A petition to protect Kent’s libraries has been handed to KCC after a determined campaigner collected thousands of signatures. Richard Stainton, of Sydenham Street, Whitstable, started the ‘Save Our Public Libraries petition after it was revealed the authority intends to hand over the county’s network of 99 libraries to a charitable trust. The petition was delivered to KCC’s County Hall …

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  • 23 April

    Bob’s street hits stumbling block

    Friends of Blockbusters host Bob Holness are still holding out for a street tribute to him. Calls were made for a road to commemorate the life of Mr Holness, even before he died, by Ashford Cllr Michael Claughton. Council rules at the time forbade the naming of roads after people who were still living, although this has now changed. After …

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  • 23 April

    Whitstable WI

    President Beryl Ravensdale welcomed members and three visitors. The delegate to the annual council meeting in Margate, Vivienne Lateau read her report on the event. Members have a quiz to attend on May 12 at Seasalter Cross with a team taking part. The speaker was Rachael Spencer, a Kent fire and rescue vulnerable persons liaison officer. She said the fire …

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  • 23 April

    Herne Bay and District Cactus and Succulent Society

    Members were treated to a wonderful evening this month on the fascinating subject of carnivorous plants from all parts tf the world by guest speaker and renowned expert Richard Baker. Richard, who has been growing these amazing plants for many years, spoke with much enthusiasm as he explained how the huge pitcher plants from Borneo and Indonesia can digest animals …

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  • 23 April

    Can you tower above all the others in baking competition?

    Bakers will have the chance to put their skills to the test as part of a competition organised by the Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower. The group is inviting people to take part in their bake-off competition on Saturday, May 2, to be held in the plaza by the seafront landmark. There are three age categories to allow the …

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  • 23 April

    July 10-12: Kent County Show in July has 200 stands booked already

    Port Lympne Reserve, Hadlow College and Kent County Council are among the organisations who have already signed up to have a stand at this year’s Kent County Show. The deadline for applications to have a stand at the show, which will be held on Friday, July 10, Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, is this Sunday. More than 200 stands …

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  • 23 April

    Council chief executive ticketed for illegal parking

    A council’s chief executive is accused of hypocrisy after he was caught parking his Jaguar on double yellow lines in Canterbury city centre. Colin Carmichael left his luxury saloon on lines, that were freshly painted by his employer to make it “absolutely clear” parking is not allowed. Mr Carmichael, who this week extolled the virtues of public transport, was ticketed …

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  • 22 April

    My wife and I were very pleased to learn of the Clean Up Kent campaign launched by the KM Group. The feature in the Gazette focused on the condition of Kent’s major roads, including the A2.However, many country roads, which are not the responsibility of the Highways Agency, are also in a disgraceful condition. Do local district councils have an …

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  • 22 April

    British Pie Awards 2015: 9 places to grab a pie locally

    The 2015 British Pie Awards ceremony is set to take place tonight (April 22) to celebrate the nation’s love of pies. Year after year, hundreds of pie producers enter the awards in the hope of receiving a British Pie Award accolade. We’ve put together a list of places in our region which offer stunning selections of pies. Do you think …

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  • 22 April

    Pat’s woolly party candidates have Ukip leader in stitches

    UKIP supporters say leader Nigel Farage won’t pull the wool over your eyes – but that pearl of wisdom hasn’t stopped one nan from knitting a mini version of the politician. Pat Wilson has created a knitted Nigel, and also a woolly Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Natalie Bennett and other candidate figures, in the run-up to the General Election. The talented …

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  • 22 April

    Things have changed since they became MPs

    What happened after our two Tories entered Parliament THE world today is a very different place to when our MPs first took office, back in the Thatcher-dominated era of the 1980s. Canterbury and Whitstable’s MP Julian Brazier joined the parliamentary ranks in 1987, while Sir Roger Gale has been representative for Thanet North since the constituency’s creation in 1983. Together …

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