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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Council gives green light to Museum bid

From the minutes of the CCC Executive, 3rd July 2014 TO CONSIDER the report of the Head of Commissioning Expressions of Interest (EOI) to manage Herne Bay and Whitstable Museums. PDF 78 KB Additional documents: Expression of Interest form Herne Bay , item 31. Friends of Herne Bay Museum Constitution , item 31. Expression of Interest Whitstable Museum , item …

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Persistence pays off for ‘old-fashioned’ new Sheriff

AN INDUSTRIAL chemist turned computer consultant can now add the role of sheriff to his CV after being elected as one of the civic leaders of the district. Sturry North councillor Tony Austin was voted in as sheriff of Canterbury at a meeting of Canterbury City Council on Wednesday. He was nominated by Barton Conservative councillor Jeremy Bellamy, who also …

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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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Cllr Neil Baker’s thinking

In a recent post here, we asked for more information about the Political Management Member Panel (PMMP), given that: it may play a significant role in the coming months in relation to the governance of our Council, and there is precious little information about the PMMP in the public domain. Quick as a flash, Cllr Simon Cook, and then Cllr …

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Member wants to be told how to vote

A WHITSTABLE councillor pledged to vote in favour of booting out Canterbury City Council’s executive members if 51 per cent of Tankerton voters asked him to. Dad-of-two Neil Baker made the vow on Twitter last month during a debate with Canterbury Independent Traders Alliance (Cita). The discussion was about a petition being presented to the full council tonight (Thursday) by …

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Pier news: decking to be replaced for £140k

More than 700 square metres of the timber decking that surrounds the central tarmac area on Herne Bay pier will be replaced in a project costing around £140,000. Inspections have shown that while the pier’s substructure is sound, the timber runners and decking are not in such good condition and have deteriorated since the pavilion was removed. The area around …

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UKIP take Herne Bay

Victorious UKIP members in the Bay are celebrating their success in the Kent County Council elections. The party wrestled both Herne Bay seats from sitting Tories Jean Law and David Hirst, with Nicholas Bond and Brian MacDowall now representing the town at County Hall. The result was the last declared and the only UKIP win in the district, but took …

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Barriers to progress

Years of waiting, thousands of pounds, and one snafu after another. Following relentless pressure from Andy Lawrence, our councillors raided the Herne Bay Opportunity Fund for £3,000 to pay for the barrier across Mortimer Street (instead of getting KCC Highways to pay for it), and CCC put the job out to tender. They awarded the job to a fencing company …

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Murray might make a mint

Our beloved Council will be giving away land to a developer. Not just any old land, but money-making car park land. And not just any old car park, but valuable car parking land near the sea front. And not just any developer, but one that’s been on telly. Let’s not forget, the Council is simply holding things on our behalf. …

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