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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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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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Theatre group’s dramatic victory in planning battle

An amateur dramatics group has defied the odds to win planning permission to convert its premises into three houses. The council’s planning committee ignored its own officers’ recommendations and voted to allow the Herne Bay Musical Theatre Company to develop its Arkley Road site. Existing building described as resembling a “builder’s yard” will now be replaced by two semi-detached houses …

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‘New Thanington’ scheme under fire from residents

THE developer presenting its vision of a “new Thanington” on the edge of Canterbury took a battering from residents last week. At the meeting, developer Quinn Estates outlined a proposal for a mini new town including 800 homes, a new primary school, 8.000sq ft of office space and a care home for the elderly and mentally infirm. Mark Quinn said …

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Cllr Nick Eden-Green’s thinking

I have been a councillor both under the committee system and the present one. The committee system actually involved fewer meetings than the present one. Thus it was more rather than less efficient. It also ensured that all councillors were able to participate in decision making and debates in committees were much more open and consensual. We still have a …

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No ‘divine right’ for motorists

CAR owners were warned they have no “divine right” to park near their homes as councillors considered extra yellow lines in Whitstable. Residents in Suffolk Street asked for double yellow lines after fears that emergency services would not be able to get through. But at a meeting of the joint transportation board, a panel of Canterbury City Council and Kent …

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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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Local Plan: letters

MIsleading Maps The local plan is about to go out to consultation and the council has tried to put their spin on it in their official mouthpiece District Life. They have printed maps of some of the sites but just manipulated the scale to completely falsify the situation. The 4,000 homes proposed at South Canterbury appear to take up about …

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Local Plan: Tories and opposition split over proposals

Canterbury City Council’s blueprint for the district has already created a split between the Tory majority and opposition members. Each Conservative on the ruling executive insists he or she will listen to public opinion and allow it to shape Canterbury’s future. The council will use its forthcoming issue of its District Life magazine to outline the Local Plan and tell …

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Local Plan: extra NHS funds needed for population boom

A top doctor says extra NHS funding will be needed for local health services to cope with an influx of more than 15,000 new homes in the district. Dr Mark Jones, the clinical chairman for NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, says it would need extra government cash to deal with an estimated population increase of 40,000. He was …

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