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City centre traders protest levy with flyer in windows

Retailers petitioning Government to scrap BID over extra charges MEASURES introduced last autumn that force Canterbury businesses to pay extra for street cleaning and city centre improvements continue to be contentious. Shopkeepers and business-owners across Canterbury are protesting against the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) by placing dissenting posters in their windows. Some traders are already being summoned by the …

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Join pilot project and shape the future of your local news

Gazette readers are being invited to take part in an innovative project aimed at shaping the way important information about their neighbourhood is published in the future. KM Media Group, which publishes the Gazette, is taking part in one of 23 pilot projects across the country looking at new ways of publishing planning applications, details of road closures, changes to …

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Case for partnership was ‘weak’

By Tom Barton BBC Look East political reporter 26 March 2015 From the section England Communities secretary Eric Pickles says the South East LEP is an ‘exemplar’ body others should ‘follow’ The case for creating a partnership controlling hundreds of millions of pounds of government cash was considered “weak”, it has emerged. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) combine businesses, councils and …

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Maximum council tax hike in the new budget

City authority to debate plans for 2015/16 at Guildhall CITY councillors have announced their plans for this year’s budget in Canterbury. The council will meet at the Guildhall on Thursday night to debate where and how the council’s budget of £19.789 million should be spent. The biggest change to the city’s budget, as far as residents are concerned, is another …

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Campaign to keep OAP bus travel free

I AM writing to invite the Times readers to back the Love the Bus Pass petition, which is supported by tens of thousands of people, hundreds of local groups, and the National Pensioners’ Convention. Strictly non-partisan, the campaign aims to get all parties to pledge before the general election on May 7 that, if elected to power, they will retain …

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Sale of car parks debate is set to run

I hope the traders get their message through to Eric Pickles before council leader John Gilbey (Con) sells off any more parking in Canterbury. The is a woeful misunderstanding of what people actually want against the ideas and ideals of one man. The Westgate Towers experiment was a similar lack of understanding by Gilbey and co. If I cannot park …

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Why KCC will have to come clean over Kerswell

Not for the first time, Kent County Council has shown that when it comes to transparency, its view of what the public has a right to know depends rather on what the circumstances are. It will not, we are told, be disclosing the details of the severance package it has agreed with its departing managing director Katherine Kerswell because it …

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Councils told to unlock reserves as budget cuts loom

THE city council, Swale Borough Council and others in Kent are being urged to use “rainy day” money to cushion the impact of budget cuts next year after figures showed that together they are holding £222m in reserves. Canterbury City Council, which has been warning of the cuts to come, currently has reserves of £12.1m – 44% of its revenue …

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