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July 10-12: Kent County Show in July has 200 stands booked already

Port Lympne Reserve, Hadlow College and Kent County Council are among the organisations who have already signed up to have a stand at this year’s Kent County Show. The deadline for applications to have a stand at the show, which will be held on Friday, July 10, Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, is this Sunday. More than 200 stands …

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Bill for tower work appears excessive

I DROVE past Herne Bay clock tower and cannot believe £380,000 was spent on a clean-up. It is not a restoration. The clock may have been restored, but the tower is pitted all over — if it had been restored, the marks wouldn’t be seen. I would like someone to explain how that much money can be spent on sandblasting. …

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Actor hoping his days of sacrifice are finally over

Actor Michael Hirst has had an unlikely route into the industry. Here the 35-year-old from Studd Hill discusses his career and future Tell us about yourself I’m Herne Bay through and through and have lived here all my life. I still get to come here when I’m not filming in Essex and London. I went to Hampton Primary School then …

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Towers failure is my big regret

Retiring city council leader John Gilbey has admitted the failed Westgate Towers Traffic trial is his biggest regret. The Tory chief, who has announced he will not be standlog for re-election next May. still believes the scheme could have helped reduce congestion and air pollution. But he says the “wrangling” over the controversial trial thwarted any chance of its success. …

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Red-faced Monopoly boss took a chance with photo

Apologies for Canterbury board featuring Rochester Castle image THE makers of Canterbury’s Monopoly board have returned to the city to apologise, after the first edition of the game was released with a picture of Rochester Castle. Winning Moves UK manager Rob Osborne said he “could only apologise”, after hundreds of “Rochester” boards went on general sale last month. He was …

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Theatre policy was hardly charitable

With reference to your report on the Marlowe Theatre forbidding the Abigails Footsteps charity to collect there as it is not on the Lady Mayoress’s list (Theatre Puts Stop To Vital Fundraising, Herne Bay Gazette, June 5). I find this aggravating as the Lady Mayoress is not on my list of approved charities and I am forced to donate to …

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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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Our Council’s secret priorities

Oh dear… the Council that represents us and works for us is refusing to tell us what they’re doing. It’s a kind of nanny-dictator state.  Canterbury City Council has produced a league table of its 71 service areas in order of importance, but is refusing to reveal how it has ranked them. The Gazette has learned that the Marlowe Theatre …

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Councils told to unlock reserves as budget cuts loom

THE city council, Swale Borough Council and others in Kent are being urged to use “rainy day” money to cushion the impact of budget cuts next year after figures showed that together they are holding £222m in reserves. Canterbury City Council, which has been warning of the cuts to come, currently has reserves of £12.1m – 44% of its revenue …

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