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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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Where would we build homes for Londoners?

The revelation that Canterbury, Thanet and Dover districts could be saddled with 115,000 extra homes over the next decade prompts one overriding question: Where on earth would they go? With few previously undeveloped brownfield sites left, it is fantasy to suggest that they could go anywhere near to accommodating them. The only sensible answer is the countryside with its farmland, …

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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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Lib Dems’ chief to quit, but says future of party is bright

Canterbury’s outspoken Liberal Democrat leader Alex Perkins has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May. He says that after 16 consecutive years of serving on the authority he “deserves a rest”. But he believes his group still has the best chance in Kent of seizing control of a local council. Cllr Perkins was first elected in 1987 …

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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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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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Agreement reached in beach hut charge rise

THE news that Canterbury City Council (CCC) has put up the fees on Herne Bay’s beach huts has drawn a mixed response from local owners. Within the district’s budget, which was agreed on Thursday last week, local residents will be charged £434 a year, a 22 per cent increase on the current £355 charge. By contrast, charges for non-residents has …

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Budget is approved despite opposition

Council tax rise voted through at meeting, but councillors’ expenses cut isn’t FLY-TIPPING, rats and councillors’ expenses are just three of the issues that were raised in the heated debate that ended in Canterbury City Council voting through its budget for the coming year. Councillors traded barbs with each other over whose fault the financial crisis had been, and who …

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Herne Bay beach hut rent rise to hit council taxpayers

The cost of renting a beach hut in Herne Bay is to rise for council taxpayers – putting it on a par with fees charged to holidaymakers. Canterbury City Council will charge residents £434 a year, a 22 per cent increase on the current £355 charge. By contrast, charges for non-residents has gone from £425 to £434, an increase of just two per cent, …

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Partisan view on choosing a party

Dylan Hampshire (Who To Vote For Is The Big Question, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22) takes an interesting non-partisan view on the May elections for the city council. I cannot be so dispassionate, but I hope I can help him and other readers with a similar dilemma by providing a point of view. Firstly, the local Conservatives …

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