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Stadium not a good use of cash

Canterbury Council’s budget is tight and will remain so in the near future. There are far better uses of public money than giving a loan, let alone a grant, to built a football stadium in Hersden. It might benefit the few hundred people living in Hersden and the students of the local academy, but not the wider community in Canterbury, …

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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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We would spend the money more wisely

WITH the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (December 3), Swale Borough Council begins the process of setting a budget for next year With all-out elections in May, this is a year of potential local change. The day-to-day spending (revenue budget) faces many long-term pressures, with uncertainty about the Government support grant, business rates and the new homes bonus, which is now …

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Views on tax plans wanted

City council chiefs have started a consultation over their budget for next year. They are proposing a rise of 1.99% for 2015/16 on its part of the council tax — the equivalent of 1p extra per day. Had it pressed for a bigger increase, it would have triggered a referendum. The authority argues that the rise reflects its decision not …

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New resistance to cuts in 2014

A New Year comes in with new cuts but new resistance. There is a mass protest against the leadership of Canterbury council at 7pm tonight (Thursday) — get there early! A petition of more than 3,000 residents demanding council leader John Gilbey and his cabinet resign their positions will be handed in. Groups opposing the closure of our museums, the sale …

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Budget = Cuts

Council bosses say increasing income and prioritising “core services” will be their focus as they battle with another cut in government grants. Parking charges will rise and the district’s share of council tax will go up by the maximum two per cent allowed (unless a local referendum takes place) as officials try to balance Canterbury City Council’s (CCC) budget. The …

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Council’s priorities not secret, not confidential, just rubbish

The city council has finally published its league table of services as it lays the ground for further budget cuts and savings. It has put the controversial Local Plan, in which more than 15,000 new homes are planned for the district, atop the pile, with the cost of running democracy second and development management third. Culture in Canterbury also features …

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Council’s priorities aren’t secret – they’re confidential!

Definition of secret: not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. Definition of confidential: intended to be kept secret.  [Oxford Dictionaries online]  Who does Cllr Gilbey think he’s kidding?  Canterbury City Council is one of the most democratic local authorities in the country, claims leader John Gilbey. He hit out after the Kentish Gazette …

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