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Car Park sell-off

I just want to voice my objection to the selling off of car parking spaces in Canterbury city centre. It is one of the most stupid ideas the council have come up with in order to raise cash. Cantenbury City Council chief executive John Carmichael has not grasped the point at all. It’s not about getting rid of park and …

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Green light for new purpose-built retirement village

PLANS for Kent’s first purpose-built retirement village in Herne Bay have been given the go-ahead by Canterbury City Council. The £35 million scheme at the former Herne Bay Court Christian Centre will provide 117 flats, 45 care suites and a specialist dementia care unit, as well as a clubhouse, spa, doctor’s surgery and allotment. The council agreed the planning application …

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Radio ham loses his baffle to keep 30ft mast

A radio enthusiast has been refused permission to keep a 30ft mast in his garden by Canterbury City Council’s planning committee. In August the Gazette reported that 73-year-old Armando Martins had been forced to submit a retrospective application to the council for the mast at the Thornhurst sheltered housing complex in Beltinge. It followed a two-year battle with other residents …

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Solar farm firm to investigate better screening options

Plans for an 800-acre solar farm off the Thanet Way have been deferred by Canterbury City Council’s planning committee. The solar panels would have provided enough electricity to power 15.000 homes in the area, and would have been located to the south side of the A299 by the Share and Coulter pub. It had been put forward by Owls Hatch …

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Put back the railings to protect our Clock Tower

A campaigner believes iron railings should be put at the bottom of the refurbished Clock Tower to stop youngsters on skateboards and BMX bikes from damaging it. Former councillor Vince McMahan has called for the action as repairs to the histonc seafront landmark are set to continue into the new year. Mr McMahan said: “The new tower looks really impressive, …

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Leader joins call to ease the cuts and devolve the power

Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey has signed a letter to the coalition government calling on it to devolve greater powers to local authorities and urging fewer spending cuts. The Tory was one of 119 local authority leaders who signed the Local Government Association’s missive to Chancellor George Osborne as he prepared to publish his Autumn Statement yesterday (Wednesday). It …

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City council ignored parish objections

Herne and Broomfield Parish Council is extremely disappointed that Canterbury City Council has submitted its Local Plan to the inspector. Despite a large number of objections for our area, from both residents and the parish council, no significant changes have been made to the original plan. They have also totally ignored the legal view obtained by the parish council and …

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Contractor set to dump city’s waste

A council contractor looks set to pull out of running household waste collection services after the revelation it will concentrate its efforts on more lucrative contracts. Serco took on two major contracts with Canterbury City Council in April 2013, which include collecting household waste, street cleaning and maintaining public parks and gardens. But Serco chief executive Rupert Soames has announced …

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Anti-flooding work on rivers delayed

Work on clearing the Stour of foliage and pruning trees to prevent flooding will not be complete until mid-March. The Environment Agency is planning to remove plants between Fordwich and Sandwich to improve the flow of water. The Stour and the Nailbourne flooded in February, prompting Canterbury City Council to deliver 15,000 sandbags to affected people. However, the agency said …

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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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