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Positive proof that Herne Bay is back in business

The impact of town’s regeneration felt at busy networking event THERE was not a negative word to be heard at Herne Bay’s seventh business and projects exhibition on Wednesday. Developers, charities, organisations and individuals from across the district converged on King’s Hall to show what they had to offer and to indulge in some all-important networking. For the first time, …

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Herne Bay is back in business: here’s the proof

THERE was not a negative word to be heard at Herne Bay’s seventh business and projects exhibition.Developers, charities, organisations and individuals from across the district converged on King’s Hall on Wednesday last week to show what they had to offer and to indulge in that all-important networking.For the first time, invitations to the function had been thrown open to organisations …

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Solar farm at Owl’s Hatch Road near Herne given go-ahead

One of Britain’s biggest solar farms – capable of powering the whole of Herne Bay – has controversially won planning permission. The scheme, on land near Herne, will cover 212 acres – an area the equivalent of almost 150 football pitches. Developers claim their complex of photovoltaic panels will generate enough electricity to supply 14,000 homes. Rows of panels standing 2.4 metres …

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Stormy waters face new leader’s ship

And they’re off! With just five months until the Canterbury City Council elections and the day John Gilbey quits as leader, Gazette columnist Harry Bell gives his take on the main runners and riders to replace him Word has it that there are at least nine Tory councifiors who fancy stepping into John Gilbey’s shoes. There will no doubt be …

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Tories told to come clean over stance on lights switch-off

Labour’s sole city councillor Alan Baldock has called on the Tory-controlled authority to come clean over whether it supports the turning off of street lights at night. Last year Kent County Council announced it would begin a programme of turning off half its streetlights between midnight and 5.30am as part of a money-saving drive. However, Cllr Baldock, who represents the …

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Anti-flooding work on rivers delayed

Work on clearing the Stour of foliage and pruning trees to prevent flooding will not be complete until mid-March. The Environment Agency is planning to remove plants between Fordwich and Sandwich to improve the flow of water. The Stour and the Nailbourne flooded in February, prompting Canterbury City Council to deliver 15,000 sandbags to affected people. However, the agency said …

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Sainsbury’s deal could fund Blacksole Bridge

The construction of a pedestrian crossing beside the Blacksole Bridge cannot come a moment too soon says Herne Bay councillor Peter Vickery-Jones. He was speaking after the bridge suffered vehicle damage at the weekend, which Cllr Vickery-Jones said would have killed anyone crossing on foot at the time. The damage is not thought to be structural but left a severe …

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It’s Wimbledon – Want to play? That will cost £7.20 an hour

As Wimbledon fever hits the Bay, council killjoys have decided to slap a £7.20 an hour charge on using the town’s tennis courts. Adult players will have to fork out the sum to hire the Memorial Park facilities as the authority looks to net cash for their maintenance. Meanwhile, aspiring Andy Murrays under the age of 16 will have to pay …

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Councillor targets dog mess problem

Action urged to clean up foul Bay streets A COUNCILLOR is kicking up a stink about the amount of dog mess on the streets of Herne Bay. Tory Jennie Edwards, chairman of the town’s area member panel, chose the issue as the first one to tackle in her year leading the committee. She highlighted the problem after receiving a complaint …

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Manston airport must remain open

REGARDING the difficulties involved in running Manston airport, highlighted by David Lainchbury (Wg CDR FCMI RAF Retd) in his letter of April 17, and describing some of the more unpleasant options to replace it should it close down. The future for all parties involved is of greet concern, and whatever the outcome there will be no room for wry smiles. …

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