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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Partisan view on choosing a party

Dylan Hampshire (Who To Vote For Is The Big Question, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22) takes an interesting non-partisan view on the May elections for the city council. I cannot be so dispassionate, but I hope I can help him and other readers with a similar dilemma by providing a point of view. Firstly, the local Conservatives …

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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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Chiefs quizzed over leader’s tax

City council bosses faced a grilling over their controversial decision to pay leader John Gilbey’s £1,250 tax bill with public money. Chief executive Colin Carmichael and director of resources Tricia Marshall were hauled before the authority’s scrutiny committee to explain the move. They also came under fire for failing to publicly announce the decision, which was revealed exclusively in the …

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Council to examine future committee structure

A motion proposing investigating the scrapping of the council’s cabinet-style executive has been passed – paving the way for a return to a committee system. The development follows widespread concern about the way decisions are being taken by the Tory leadership, which many say is secretive and does not take into account the views of other councillors and the public. …

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City council looks at a return to old committee system

Leader Gilbey warns: Be careful what you wish for A motion proposing investigating the scrapping of the council’s cabinet-style executive has been passed – paving the way for a return to a committee system. The development follows widespread concern about the way decisions are being taken by the Tory leadership, which many say is secretive and does not take into …

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Thursday night at the Guildhall

"Unprecedented" democracy debate to take place

Campaigners are expected to pack a meeting on Thursday for a debate on the issue of local democracy. Members of the Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District are calling the meeting "unprecedented" because it will feature cross-party discussion on the way forward for Canterbury City Council.

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Cllr Neil Baker’s thinking

In a recent post here, we asked for more information about the Political Management Member Panel (PMMP), given that: it may play a significant role in the coming months in relation to the governance of our Council, and there is precious little information about the PMMP in the public domain. Quick as a flash, Cllr Simon Cook, and then Cllr …

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Sign up, sign up! Signs of the times.

Campaigners calling for a change in the way the council collected more than 100 signatures in two hours with a street stall.

Members of the Campaign for Democracy in the Canterbury District set up the stall in St Peter's Street, Canterbury, on Friday as part of their bid to gather enough signatures to force a referendum on whether Canterbury City Council should return to the committee system.

They need 10% of the electorate, or 5,665 registered voters, for a referendum to take place in May next year alongside local elections and the General Election. CDCD member Richard Norman said:

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Tory pair pushing for council reform

But leader stands by current system TWO Conservative councillors have put together their own proposal to change the way Canterbury City Council is run. Simon Cook, who represents North Nailbourne, and Neil Baker, who represents Tankerton, want the executive system scrapped and replaced with committees. The pair have submitted a motion to the next meeting of the full council, on …

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