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‘Garden pinched for new homes’

An angry council tenant claims the authority has pinched a strip of his garden for a new housing development. Chris Pruden lives in a block of flats in St Peter’s Place, which backs on to the Westgate Gardens. They are next door to the former council-owned Serco storage site, which has now been flattened to make way for three new …

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Owners of dereIict homes sent higher council tax bills

Homeowners who leave their properties derelict for more than two years are now being hit with a 150% council tax bill. Under new rules which kicked in yesterday (Wednesday), Canterbury City Council can demand increased tax on homes which are laid to waste. And the Gazette can today reveal that nearly 2,500 properties in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are …

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‘Illegally worded’ parking signs row steps up gear

Investigators are examining claims the city council has doled out thousands of unlawful parking tickets in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. A UK-wide motorists’ watchdog has referred the authority’s enforcement policy to the district auditor claiming “long-time serious irregularities”. National Motorists’ Action Group (NMAG) says that parking signs throughout the district are illegally worded and rely on a misinterpretation of …

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The rogues gallery of food hygiene

The district’s 10 worst offenders for food standards breaches can today be revealed. We’re naming and shaming the restaurants, takeaways and pubs that scored lowest when council inspectors paid a visit. All 10 scored just one out of five overall when tested in areas such as hygiene, safety and confidence in management – a rating ruling them in need of …

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Policy rules out ban on sex sites on trunk roads to city

Strip clubs and lap dancing bars will be allowed to open on trunk roads leading into the city centre – but they will not be allowed to advertise outside. Concern has been raised that the local authority’s revised p0licy on sex establishments does not do enough to prevent adult entertainment venues opening on Canterbury’s outskirts. But the council has ruled …

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Warning over hooks on beach

Dog walkers have been warned to be wary of sharp fish hooks and rubbish on Herne Bay beach. Jane Stanley was walking with her dog Candy near the Kings Hall when the basset-beagle almost swallowed a hook on Tuesday. Ms Stanley has raised the alarm following concerns that other dogs have been injured by biting into hooks. She said: “I …

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‘Landmark’ public toilet on Broad Street in Canterbury to be auctioned off

An underground public toilet on a “landmark” city centre site is to go under the hammer – with a guide price of £50,000. Potential buyers are being told that the derelict lavatories – just yards from the historic city wall on Broad Street – are ripe for commercial redevelopment. The owner, the city council, even says proposals for the site …

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‘Being homeless feels just like being a social leper’

Woman reduced to sleeping rough in battered car with her two dogs A dog lover says she has been forced to live in a car with her beloved pets because the council will not provide emergency housing with them in tow. Hillary Barrows, 57, has set up home in her battered Alfa Romeo, enduring three weeks sleeping on the backseat …

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Illegal parking sign won’t see council change policy

Challenge to ticket opens up can of worms A landmark tribunal ruling has found Canterbury City Council guilty of illegal parking enforcement — yet the authority is refusing point blank to change its policy. Numerous parking signs – in place since 2007 – are unlawfully worded and unenforceable, adjudicators have decided. Their decision could prompt hundreds of challenges to historic …

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The King’s Mile is about to get longer

The Borough and Northgate get a makeover Work on extending the King’s Mile into The Borough and Northgate starts next week. It will include widened paths, coloured road surfaces and new planters, seating and lighting, all aimed at giving the area a welcoming and attractive feel similar to Palace Street. The £500,000 project is being funded by the council’s own …

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