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Stone-throwing yobs in Herne Bay

A toddler was hit in the eye by stone-throwing yobs who are “driving tourists away” from Herne Bay seafront. The three-year-old was hurt in one of three incidents witnessed by a town councillor in as many weeks. Also targeted by the unruly teenagers were a coach-load of French students and a pensioner. Cllr Andrew Cook (Con) says he has seen people being …

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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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Herne Bay Pier vandalism fears

Security will be stepped up at Herne Bay Pier after vandals caused havoc after dark. Two weeks ago two tables appeared overnight on the pier platform and after the next night one had been thrown in to the sea. Last week a window was smashed on the pier’s windbreak. The Herne Bay Pier Trust, which runs and maintains the pier, …

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Policy rules out ban on sex sites on trunk roads to city

Strip clubs and lap dancing bars will be allowed to open on trunk roads leading into the city centre – but they will not be allowed to advertise outside. Concern has been raised that the local authority’s revised p0licy on sex establishments does not do enough to prevent adult entertainment venues opening on Canterbury’s outskirts. But the council has ruled …

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SAINSBURY’S AND ALDI ON THE WAY

Two major supermarket developments getting started this spring WORK is finally due to start on two supermarket developments in Herne Bay. It is anticipated that the construction of an Aldi store will start next month on the site of the King’s Road car park, while Sainsbury’s is looking at a May start date for its development at Altira Park on …

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‘GREEN PIER’ COULD EARN £500K A YEAR

Trust hears plans for barrage, lagoon and underwater turbines HERNE Bay could be taking a bold leap into the future if plans for a “green pier” come to fruition. The proposals were aired at last week’s annual general meeting of the Herne Bay Pier Trust and comprise a tidal lagoon, a barrage and underwater turbines that would capture the power …

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City centre crime capital of area but it’s ‘minor’

Councillor points to night-time drinking haunts for higher figures THE centre of Canterbury is the area’s crime capital, according to Home Office statistics. The latest figures, which relate to December last year, chart the number of crimes reported in each ward. And Canterbury’s Westgate ward, which includes much of the city centre, such as High Street and Burgate with its …

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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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Buskers from Keep Canterbury Live Campaign launch petition against Canterbury City Council powers to destroy instruments

Street performers are at the mercy of bureaucrats who can pass judgment like a “poor man’s Simon Cowell”, campaigners claim. A petition is calling on Canterbury City Council not to use controversial new laws to silence street musicians and even destroy their instruments. New powers adopted this year allow officials to order buskers to move on if their performances are …

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Stormy waters face new leader’s ship

And they’re off! With just five months until the Canterbury City Council elections and the day John Gilbey quits as leader, Gazette columnist Harry Bell gives his take on the main runners and riders to replace him Word has it that there are at least nine Tory councifiors who fancy stepping into John Gilbey’s shoes. There will no doubt be …

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