An 86-year-old grandmother is facing Christmas in hospital after falling in a car park when a car horn startled her. Barbara Hanscomb suffered a broken hip after being alarmed by the thoughtless motorist as she loaded shopping into her car while parked in a disabled bay outside Sainsbury’s. He twice sounded his horn because her car door was open, preventing …Read More »
Kent County Council has decided to defer any decision about the Downs, pending the outcome of another court case. There is another village green application (near Whitby) that is known as the Barkas case – all these cases are named after the applicant, rather than the piece of land involved. As so often happens, this case pivots on the fine …Read More »
Campaigners are urging the city council to use its draft Local Plan consultation for a rethink of its plans to sell off a field. The Save the Kingsmead Field Campaign is battling to prevent houses being built on it and wants the authority to consider other sites for the projected 15,600 new homes which are needed for the Canterbiuy district …Read More »
At last, a peek behind the closed doors (and minds) at Military Road. Here’s a neat little video explaining how the decisions about Kingsmead playing fields were made. For all I know, this could be a transcript from a bugging device – it all seems very plausible and “in character”.Read More »
Shoppers using Park and Ride buses to avoid congestion in Canterbury could soon have to pay £3 per car. Councillors are considering increasing the charge from £2.50 as part of a review of parking charges across the district. Fees in the Kingsmead Leisure Centre car park would also increase to £3 from £1 in a bid to deter people who …Read More »
Excellent news – Kingsmead has won a brief reprieve, thanks to the sheer number of written objections, and the huge support for the online petition. Discussion by Executive members of council proposals to appropriate land at Kingsmead for planning purposes has been deferred until the meeting on Thursday 21 June. Originally the Executive was due to consider the plan at …Read More »
Dozens of mums are delighted after the city council reversed a decision to close a creche in Herne Bay. The Pier Pavilion Sports Centre will close in September, and facilities including the creche will move to the newly refurbished Herons Leisure Pool. But childcare provision appeared to be left out as mums were told to start taking their children to Kingsmead Leisure Centre in Canterbury instead.
Active Life, which looks after all council-owned leisure facilities in the district, had told members who use the existing day creche at the Pier Pavilion there would be no room at Herons. More than 130 children are registered on the creche’s books and the news had come as a huge disappointment to their mums.Read More »