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Rural taxpayers pay twice for services

ANGER is mounting throughout the rural district of Canterbury over the threat of double taxation. Parish councils carry out many services in our area that the city council pays for in urban areas. The parish councils are then reimbursed by the city council; this is called concurrent funding. Unfortunately, each year the Conservative executive has paid less of the cost …

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Partisan view on choosing a party

Dylan Hampshire (Who To Vote For Is The Big Question, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22) takes an interesting non-partisan view on the May elections for the city council. I cannot be so dispassionate, but I hope I can help him and other readers with a similar dilemma by providing a point of view. Firstly, the local Conservatives …

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So just how friendly our city is to the disabled?

Councillors accuse KCC of not using its powers to ban A-frames MORE needs to be done to keep the pavements of Canterbury safe for the city’s disabled population to travel through, according to the city’s councillors. Leader John Gilbey criticised the county council for having the power to remove obstructions to the pavements, including A-frames misused by local businesses, “but …

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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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Celebrations set for completion of restoration project at Herne…

The Herne Bay clock tower Comments (0) THE restoration work at Herne Bay clock tower is set to be completed in mid-February. After months of work, Canterbury City Council will be hosting a celebratory evening at the clock tower on Saturday, February 14 from 6pm, which will include a firework display and a light show. A grant of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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Bun Penny: progress at last

Bun Penny pub sold for development The burnt out Bun Penny could soon rise from the ashes after it was sold for redevelopment. The derelict building – one of the town’s most complained about eyesores since it was gutted by fire in September 2011 – was under offer last month and the sale has now been formally completed. Estate agent …

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Make your art into a landmark

The city council is looking for a new piece of art to sit on the plinth outside its Military Road HQ. Canterbury counciltors want artists to come forward with a work to replace Dan Hilton’s wooden sculpture the Metamorphosis of Glaucus. He has so far been the only artist to put forward for the plinth. Lib Dem Alex Perkins told a …

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No need to go to Eton – Eton’s coming here

I do hope nobody is over-awed by the fact that Eton College is the driving force behind the JCBs in this proposed development. I’m not sure how this fits in to the Local Plan, but Cllr John Gilbey has said that “the Bends should always be protected as a valuable green gap and open space”. This is the other side …

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