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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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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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City centre crime capital of area but it’s ‘minor’

Councillor points to night-time drinking haunts for higher figures THE centre of Canterbury is the area’s crime capital, according to Home Office statistics. The latest figures, which relate to December last year, chart the number of crimes reported in each ward. And Canterbury’s Westgate ward, which includes much of the city centre, such as High Street and Burgate with its …

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Labour councillor to stand as Independent

JOHN Wratten, one of Whitstable’s longest-serving Labour councillors, has announced that he will be standing as an Independent candidate in May’s local elections. Cllr Wratten is contesting the new Gorrell Ward, having previously represented Harbour Ward since 1999. He said: “I had approaches from other parties but chose to be Independent as I believe people should be able to vote …

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Cllr John Wratten’s thinking

Cllr Wratten has written to outline the official Labour position in the ongoing public conversation about governance in Canterbury District. He highlights the importance of addressing the practicalities of a committee-based system, given that from May 2015 we will be reduced from 50 councillors to just 39. As the Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District gathers pace, the discussion has …

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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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