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Power List winner Jonathan Neame of Shepherd Neame says influence must be earned over a long period of time

You are never in a convenient place when you find out you have come top of the pile of Kent’s 40 most influential business people. “I was slightly bemused because I was on holiday skiing with my family for half-term and I got a text from a friend which was slightly tongue-in-cheek,” said Jonathan Neame inside his office at Shepherd …

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These councillors are representing who?

DOES Faversham get its fair share? This is a question I’ve asked myself for a long time, like many others in the town. It was brought into sharp focus at last Wednesday’s Swale Cabinet Meeting. A grant of £200,000 for a new skateboard park in Sittingbourne, with the land required and £30,000 for initial work, was approved without hesitation, with …

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War website shows our place on the front line

A NEW website has been launched to mark the centenary of the First World War and how it affected Kent. Frontline Kent was set up by Visit Kent and Kent County Council and features key wartime locations. Canterbury cathedral gets a mention for the Warriors Chapel of St Michael, where the colours of the Buffs, the Royal East Kent Regiment, …

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Tories hold Whitstable

They secured two seats in Herne Bay – and Whitstable is next on the list for members of the UK Independence Party. The group ousted the two sitting Tories in Herne Bay in the Kent County Council elections and came second in Whitstable. As town Tories Mark Dance and Mike Harrison admitted they had feared for their seats, Ukip’s soon-to-be …

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Public interest, secret debate

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Locality Board, sounding the death knell for local democracy.

It's made up of the Canterbury City Council Executive and the 9 Kent County Council members who represent constituencies in the Canterbury District. It meets behind closed doors, and "Minutes (including a record of attendance and any conflicts of interest) will not be widely circulated".

I'll be examining the Locality Board more closely in another post.


Service discussed behind closed doors

The fate of the district's youth centres remains a mystery, after councillors met in private to discuss the issue. A £1 million cut in funding for youth services means there could be only one Kent County Council-funded youth club left in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. Faversham Youth Club is also under threat.

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