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Airport site plans are simply fantasy

I see that Phil Rose is still living in his misguided, ill-informed world regarding the future of Manston Airport (Use Manston Airport Site For Housing And Industry, Herne Bay Gazette, April 2). The only logical way forward is to allow development as an airport. It was once a successful airport when passenger flights operated to important destinations and flourished as …

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Where would we build homes for Londoners?

The revelation that Canterbury, Thanet and Dover districts could be saddled with 115,000 extra homes over the next decade prompts one overriding question: Where on earth would they go? With few previously undeveloped brownfield sites left, it is fantasy to suggest that they could go anywhere near to accommodating them. The only sensible answer is the countryside with its farmland, …

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Men face charges over plot to steal 23 vans

Four men will appear in court accused of plotting to steal vans worth more than £100,000. Steven Boden, from Chartham, Lee Chapman and James Steel, both from Maidstone and Wayne Byrne, from Dagenham in Essex, are accused of conspiring to take 23 vehicles from a number of locations throughout Kent. Steel, 30, of Ashford Road, Harrietsham; Chapman, of Bell Road, …

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Consequences of failing to register to vote

by Canterbury city council chief executive Colin Carmichael On Thursday, May 7, you will be able to vote in the general city council and – in some parts of the district – parish council elections. Unless, that is, you haven’t registered to vote. Because if you’re not on the electoral register by Monday, April 20, the opportunity to vote at …

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Boris told: We won’t solve London’s housing crisis

Council leader sends message regarding homes shortage City council leader John Gilbey has issued a defiant cry to London authorities planning to swamp east Kent with tens of thousands of new homes: “Solve your own problems.” The Conservative’s response came after it emerged that a report for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson suggested that Canterbury, Thanet and Dover could …

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Orchard has big plans to save save the conference pears

A Kent-based fruit company has completed the first phase of planting a new pear orchard near Canterbury. A.C. Goatham & Son says the site at Elmstone, near Preston, is the largest to be planted in more than 40 years, in a direct bid to compete with European growers and importers. When complete the site will include as many as 63,000 …

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Run cables below ground, urges KCC

Controversial plans for dozens of electricity pylons around Canterbury have been condemned by Kent County Council. It is now urging National Grid to review its proposed Richborough Connection and consider using underground cables. The company plans to erect more than 60 pylons up to 50 metres tall between Richborough and the Broad Oak sub-station in Canterbury but KCC leader Paul …

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Warning of police force ‘meltdown’ if cuts are brought in

Policing in Kent could go into ‘meltdown’ and able only to deal with emergencies if £46.5m of government cuts to the force are implemented. The Kent Police Federation issued the warning after the police commissioner Ann Barnes set out her spending plans for the year, including cuts of £14.5m and a tax hike of 1.99%. The commissioner said the force …

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Duck racing fits the bill for field of friends

More than 200 people braved a chilly Easter Monday to attend a duck race at the Kingsmead Field. Organised by the Friends of the field, a total of 300 ducks took part in the races with £531 raised for improvements to the area. Sian Pettman, of Market Way, found herself waist deep in the icy Stour as she released the …

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Herne Bay Flower Arrangement Society

At the meeting on March 24, Iris Shaw, a Kent area demonstrator, gave a demonstration entitled ‘Facets of my Life’ in which she captured texture, colour and form using both foliage and flowers gathered from her garden and her supplier. The arrangements had titles such as Our Garden, Ring of Friendship, La Cuisine, etc, each display being accompanied by anecdotes …

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