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Still in the dark over street lights

Why haven’t they put lights back on? I am amazed at the decision of the Conservative administration of the county council not to switch streetlights on again after midnight. A petition, with 10,000 names, calling on KCC to reverse its late night switch-off, triggered a full debate at the county council meeting last Thursday. I know from the calls I …

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Sign up to help save our libraries

Lib Dem county councillor Martin Vye (Concern For The County’s Libraries, Letters and Opinion, Gazette, March 19) voiced his concerns about Kent County Council’s proposal to hand over the running of all 99 of Kent’s libraries to a trust. Rightly, he notes that the consultation document fails to address whether the trust will have any obligation to keep the library …

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Clegg’s in Kent, complete with dancers

Off the Record Behind the scenes with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards weekly newspaper journalist of the year • As if Ukip didn’t already have problems with some of its candidates, the expulsion of would-be Folkestone and Hythe MP Janice Atkinson over her expenses was a new nadir. But you can’t say the party didn’t act quickly. The …

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A line-up of political hopefuls with sights set on Parliament

PARLIAMENT has dissolved and the starting gun has been fired for the 2015 General Election campaign. CHLOE MOSDELL takes a look at the runners and riders standing for the Canterbury and Whitstable constituency. Julian Brazier, Conservative Key pledge: Mr Brazier takes a strong interest in the transport issues facing Britain today and has past experience of working closely on a …

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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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Pub Landlord too chubby for planned parachute jump

Pub Landlord photo by FUKP2 Avalon and Pete Dadds Comments (0) A PLANNED parachute jump in Kent by Pub Landlord Al Murray has been ditched – because he weighs too much. The South Thanet general election candidate was due to drop into Headcorn Aerodrome near Ashford tomorrow morning (Friday), before travelling to The New Inn in Sandwich to address constituents. But …

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City centre does not need more car parks

I WONDER what most readers would regard as Canterbury council’s “family silver”. According to a letter from Lib Dem councillors last week, it is car parks and they trumpet that “Liberal Democrats have a long history of campaigning for keeping our car parks”. They go on to accuse the council and its plan to reduce the number of parking spaces …

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Pothole nightmare is putting cyclists at risk

OFFICIALS must deal with the state of the roads or abandon pledges to encourage people to cycle, a leading councillor has warned. Lib Dem Nick Eden-Green said cyclists took their lives in their hands when they tried to use the city’s roads, and that, with major development planned under Canterbury City Council’s local plan the situation would only get worse. …

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Council’s priorities not secret, not confidential, just rubbish

The city council has finally published its league table of services as it lays the ground for further budget cuts and savings. It has put the controversial Local Plan, in which more than 15,000 new homes are planned for the district, atop the pile, with the cost of running democracy second and development management third. Culture in Canterbury also features …

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Council’s priorities aren’t secret – they’re confidential!

Definition of secret: not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. Definition of confidential: intended to be kept secret.  [Oxford Dictionaries online]  Who does Cllr Gilbey think he’s kidding?  Canterbury City Council is one of the most democratic local authorities in the country, claims leader John Gilbey. He hit out after the Kentish Gazette …

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