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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Lib Dems’ chief to quit, but says future of party is bright

Canterbury’s outspoken Liberal Democrat leader Alex Perkins has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May. He says that after 16 consecutive years of serving on the authority he “deserves a rest”. But he believes his group still has the best chance in Kent of seizing control of a local council. Cllr Perkins was first elected in 1987 …

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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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Maximum council tax hike in the new budget

City authority to debate plans for 2015/16 at Guildhall CITY councillors have announced their plans for this year’s budget in Canterbury. The council will meet at the Guildhall on Thursday night to debate where and how the council’s budget of £19.789 million should be spent. The biggest change to the city’s budget, as far as residents are concerned, is another …

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New laws strike sinister note with city’s buskers

Who decides if a busker is good enough? And when is a performance criminally bad? As of this year, it’s the council’s tune to call. Chris Pragnell reports that critics are branding the new laws ‘Kafka-esque” – and are even talking of a human rights challenge… Street performers are at the mercy of bureaucrats who can pass judgment like a …

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Colleagues mourn death of dedicated councillor Ron

‘A dear friend’ who always put Bay first HERNE Bay councillor Ron Flaherty died at home on Thursday night having battled cancer since his diagnosis in November. He was 70. Mr Flaherty, who had served on Canterbury City Council since 1991. died peacefully with family and friends by his side. Reactions The councillor, who also served as magistrate in Kent …

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Canterbury city councillor and magistrate Ron Flaherty has died at his home in Herne Bay aged 70

Herne Bay councillor, former Sheriff of Canterbury and magistrate Ron Flaherty has died aged 70. The Liberal Democrat had represented the Heron ward on Canterbury City Canterbury since 1991 and was well-known for his sense of civic duty and commitment to constituents. Cllr Flaherty passed away following a short battle with cancer at 7.40pm on Thursday evening at the house in …

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Leader wants more devolved powers

John Gilbey believes move will improve services JOHN Gilbey the leader of Canterbury City Council, has added his signature to a letter to central Government calling for more powers to be devolved to the district. The letter which appeared in The Observer last Sunday was signed by over 120 council leaders, including three in Kent. As well as devolved powers …

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‘New Thanington’ scheme under fire from residents

THE developer presenting its vision of a “new Thanington” on the edge of Canterbury took a battering from residents last week. At the meeting, developer Quinn Estates outlined a proposal for a mini new town including 800 homes, a new primary school, 8.000sq ft of office space and a care home for the elderly and mentally infirm. Mark Quinn said …

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Council leader to down before May stand polls

CANTERBURY City Council leader John Gilbey has announced that he will stand down at the next election. The councillor, who represents Blean Forest, said he will not stand for re-election in May. Mr Gilbey, who has led the council since 2007, said the achievements the council had made during his time as leader were “staggering”, but admitted he had some …

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