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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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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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Budget is approved despite opposition

Council tax rise voted through at meeting, but councillors’ expenses cut isn’t FLY-TIPPING, rats and councillors’ expenses are just three of the issues that were raised in the heated debate that ended in Canterbury City Council voting through its budget for the coming year. Councillors traded barbs with each other over whose fault the financial crisis had been, and who …

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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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Putting down roots for village green

Canterbury locals took up the shovels and spades to bring some colour to Kingsmead field. Residents and councillors helped to rejuvenate the green space, which has faced frequent fights over its use. Volunteers planted native primroses along the river banks and made new wildflower patches at the back of the field. They also made the most of the strongly opposed …

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Future of fields leads to yet another report

Council still disputing Kingsmead village green bid ANOTHER council report is to be written on the future of Kingsmead Field. It has been ordered after a motion was put to Thursday’s meeting of Canterbury City Council by Lib Dem leader Alex Perkins and Labour councillor Alan Baldock, urging councillors to grant voluntary village green status for the field to protect …

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Local Plan: Tories and opposition split over proposals

Canterbury City Council’s blueprint for the district has already created a split between the Tory majority and opposition members. Each Conservative on the ruling executive insists he or she will listen to public opinion and allow it to shape Canterbury’s future. The council will use its forthcoming issue of its District Life magazine to outline the Local Plan and tell …

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Deferral on Kingsmead land decision

Excellent news – Kingsmead has won a brief reprieve, thanks to the sheer number of written objections, and the huge support for the online petition. Discussion by Executive members of council proposals to appropriate land at Kingsmead for planning purposes has been deferred until the meeting on Thursday 21 June. Originally the Executive was due to consider the plan at …

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