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Village Green update: Changing the Law for the better

Yes, it’s still going on! It’s 2,770 days since I applied to register the Downs as a village green, and I think we’ve just made a big step forward. The previous administration at Canterbury City Council was dead set against the idea of a village green, and fought it tooth and nail. Following the local elections, we have a change …

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Local elections are just as important as the big one

From The Chief Executive’s Office by city council chief executive Colin Carmichael With the general election dominating the news, it’s perhaps inevitable that local elections are being a little overlooked. So this is a good moment to remind everybody that on Thursday, May 7, not only will you be electing your MP to represent you, but also your local Canterbury …

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OK, fine: It’s ‘do as I say, not as l do’

As a piece of high farce, it cannot be surpassed: Council chief executive Colin Carmichael parks his hulking Jaguar on double yellow lines specifically painted on a section of the North Lane car park to reinforce the fact that drivers cannot park there. The chief has owned up and paid his modest fine. In doing so, he argues that he …

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Planners sticking to their guns over homes

LOCAL PLAN LATEST Controversial plans to deliver 780 new homes per year in the Canterbury district will not be scaled back, council chiefs have warned. Senior officers claim the 15,500 new homes target for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable over the next 20 years is realistic – and could even be increased. They say it would be disastrous to tear …

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Council chief executive ticketed for illegal parking

A council’s chief executive is accused of hypocrisy after he was caught parking his Jaguar on double yellow lines in Canterbury city centre. Colin Carmichael left his luxury saloon on lines, that were freshly painted by his employer to make it “absolutely clear” parking is not allowed. Mr Carmichael, who this week extolled the virtues of public transport, was ticketed …

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Thanet gets a new chief executive

Thanet district councillors are expected to formally appoint the authority’s new Chief Executive on Thursday. Members are being asked to back the existing acting chief executive Madeline Homer to take the position, which also includes the Head of paid Service role.   Ms Homer has been acting chief since last June, taking over from Dr Sue McGonigal who was on …

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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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Time for us all to be registered

Council runs drop-in sessions to encourage people to vote WITH less than six weeks to register to vote in this year’s General Election, Canterbury City Council has announced a series of drop-in sessions to help get as many people as possible to the polls on May. People have until Monday, April 20, to register to vote in the election. The …

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Kent could bear the brunt of London’s housing crisis, Boris Johnson is being advised

London’s population overspill could be absorbed by 115,000 new homes built in Canterbury, Medway, Dover and Thanet, Boris Johnson is being advised. This staggering figure, revealed in a report for the Mayor of London, would be on top of the new homes targets already set out in local plans. It has prompted a warning from Canterbury council’s chief executive that …

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