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Council Priorities: where will the axe fall?

Now we can all play Predict-a-Cut™ – it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Download a copy of the Council’s priorities here: CCC Priorities. Tinker with the little buttons on the column headings to sort and filter the list. See which functions you think are most likely for the chop, and share your thoughts with the rest of the world using the comments …

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The Council’s priorities. Theirs, not ours.

Here’s the list in handy spreadsheet format, and here’s the much less helpful PDF format file provided by our Council. Well, here it is at last – the list that was compiled in secret and kept under wraps for as long as possible. It’s curiously instructive to see just how misguided and skewed CCC’s priorities seem to be: The Marlowe …

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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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Canterbury spouts nonsense, Herne Bay fountain of wisdom. Nobody surprised.

#FUCCC Our Council’s Culture & Enterprise bureaucrats seem to think they know what Guardian readers are interested in (how?), but I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that Guardian journalists have a much clearer picture of what interests their readers. In fact, they’ve already said that they’ll be coming to Herne Bay to cover this summer’s …

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That Ad…

#FUCCC The current kerfuffle, which has been christened Guardiangate, was triggered by an ad that Canterbury City Council’s Culture & Enterprise bureaucrats placed in the Guardian. For those of you who were too busy knitting your own ciabatta to pick up a copy that day, here it is – sorry it’s a bit blurry, but it’s legible when you zoom …

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Barriers to progress

Years of waiting, thousands of pounds, and one snafu after another. Following relentless pressure from Andy Lawrence, our councillors raided the Herne Bay Opportunity Fund for £3,000 to pay for the barrier across Mortimer Street (instead of getting KCC Highways to pay for it), and CCC put the job out to tender. They awarded the job to a fencing company …

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Murray might make a mint

Our beloved Council will be giving away land to a developer. Not just any old land, but money-making car park land. And not just any old car park, but valuable car parking land near the sea front. And not just any developer, but one that’s been on telly. Let’s not forget, the Council is simply holding things on our behalf. …

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Who will save the pierhead?

The Council won't and the Pier Trust can't

Today's HB Gazette highlights the worsening state of the pierhead. Apparently it's outside the Pier Trust's remit, and the Council just watches from the shore to see if the lightbulbs need changing - their bare legal obligation.

If we do nothing, time and tide will take their toll, and we will have nothing but rust and memories.

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Andy Lawrence stops the traffic in Mortimer Street

Local hero Andy Lawrence has been putting himself at risk, trying to keep Mortimer Street safe from idiot motorists. Drivers who are too stupid to read the traffic signs, or too selfish to take any notice, are driving along the street when it should be treated as a pedestrianised zone. There’s a simple and cheap solution (a lockable barrier across …

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Westgate fudge

We’re about half way through the “consultation” about the Westgate Towers traffic experiment. You may remember that thousands of people signed a petition begging for the chaos to stop. Our beloved Council immediately ignored the clamouring voices and launched a “consultation” to, er, find out what people think of the scheme. Pop over to the Council website where you can …

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