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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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Bay has no need of this business tax

The leader of Canterbury City Council is on record as having made it clear that introducing a Business Improvement District (BID), where a levy is imposed on traders to pay for extra services, into Herne Bay town centre is being progressed, similar to the one recently started in Canterbury. As a city councillor, I have from day one vigorously opposed …

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Carswell heads for the Bay in support of Ukip hopeful

Clacton-on-Sea victor and constituency candidate promoting party DOUGLAS Carswell, Ukip’s first elected MP, will speak at a public meeting at The King’s Hall in Herne Bay next month. He will be in town to support Piers Wauchope, Ukip’s parliamentary candidate for North Thanet, the constituency that includes Herne Bay. The theme for the event is Why Ukip? Also speaking will …

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Time to shake up planning system

I WRITE in response to your article on John Gilbey’s letter indicating that, in his view, city or borough councils should have increased power. I believe in a level of further devolution and giving greater power to the people. I am, however, of the view that planning should be a power taken away from city or borough councils and moved …

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Council leader to down before May stand polls

CANTERBURY City Council leader John Gilbey has announced that he will stand down at the next election. The councillor, who represents Blean Forest, said he will not stand for re-election in May. Mr Gilbey, who has led the council since 2007, said the achievements the council had made during his time as leader were “staggering”, but admitted he had some …

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Now get set for ‘Little Brother’

Ominous dark storm clouds covered the sky over Canterbury yesterday (Wednesday) morning as it emerged the county council is secretly working on a fresh road system for St Dunstan’s. Already being called the “Little Brother” of the original Westgate Towers traffic trial, the plans mirror key elements of the controversial year-long scheme which died last year. These include retaining the …

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Ukip voices concern of ordinary people

THE people of Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the villages have spoken. They have chosen the Ukip in the European elections, beating the second placed Conservatives by over 3,000 votes in the Canterbury district area. In every area, Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the villages, it appears the UK Independence Party may have come first. Rich or poor, employee or …

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UKIP’s party time as Lib Dems and Tories share blame

UKIP polled more than a third of the votes in the district as the party enjoyed a thumping European election success. The party picked up 13,459 of the 39,153 votes cast in Canterbury – almost 2,500 move than the Conservatives in second. Labour polled third with 6,012, the Green Party fourth with 4,794 and the Liberal Democrats trailed fifth with …

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Democracy taken a bit of a hammering

We learned this week about the city council’s plans to stop county councillors from sitting on the Herne Bay Area Member Panel. The leadership of the council maintains that it will save costs and time for their officers, and that it’s unfair for county members to be voting on city affairs. Nevertheless, issues such as the Sea Street roadworks, which …

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Anger at plans to wipe out 400 parking spaces

Controversy over ‘green’ traffic measures approved by the council MORE than 400 parking spaces in Canterbury could be removed, due to green measures approved by Canterbury City Council. Almost 30 people filled the pews for members of the general public to have their say about the council’s proposals in a meeting last week. Many were there to object to the …

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