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Empty homes could face tax hike

The owners of second homes which are left empty and unfurnished for more than two years could face a council tax increase as part of an effort to reduce the pressure on the district’s housing stock. If Canterbury City Council introduces the increase, they wifi be ordered to pay 150% of the tax – a £1,500 bill rising to £2,250. …

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‘We’ll fight to get the Bay its own grammar’

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to do everything in their power to get a grammar school for Herne Bay after Barton Court officials hinted they may stay in Canterbury. The school’s governors have asked for feasibility studies into expanding and improving their current site in Canterbury city centre as well as a planned move to the former Herne Bay golf club site, …

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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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Head: No decisions have been made yet

Consultation begins over planned relocation of grammar school from Canterbury to Bay THE head teacher of a grammar school hoping to relocate from Canterbury to Herne Bay has reassured parents no decisions have been made yet. At the first meeting held as part of formal consultation on the plan, Barton Court head teacher Kirstin Cardus said there was still a …

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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 Trust EGM Minutes

I couldn’t make it to the EGM on 10th July, so I asked the Trustees what had happened, and what the results were of any votes that were taken. I got conflicting reports as to whether anything had been sent to some or all of the members. I hadn’t received anything, and neither had several other paid-up members. I knew …

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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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Christmas message from the Pier Trust

Good News for the future of the Pier Three trustees of the HB Pier Trust attended the executive meeting of Canterbury City Council last Thursday and although they arrived smarting from the negative vibes in the press about an ultimatum to “shape up or ship out”, they were pleasantly surprised by the positive attitude of the councillors at the meeting. …

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News from the end of the Pier

Herne Bay Pier Trust Newsletter

Spring 2012

Hello members,

Well, we have had a lot of coverage about the future of the pier in the local press over the last few weeks – some of it correct and some… rather misleading. So we thought our members would like to have the facts from the horse’s mouth.

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Pier Trust reveals extension plans

Campaigners have unveiled plans to extend the pier and build a new pavilion. Members of Herne Bay Pier Trust revealed details of the scheme – the brainchild of graphic designer Dave Parish – ahead of a crucial council meeting to debate the pier’s future after council officers claimed the lack of a clear plan for the site meant that “difficult …

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