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Cllr Brazier who led the controversial streetlight switch off…

Comments (2) KENT County cabinet member David Brazier has resigned from his post. Cllr Brazier, who was the cabinet member for environment and transport, presided over the controversial street light switch off across the county and the Westgate Towers traffic scheme in Canterbury. Labour Kent County Council for Margate and Cliftonville Will Scobie received the news by email said: “He (David …

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Cllr David Brazier resigns as leader in charge of roads and transport resigns after streetlights switch-off row

The politician in charge of Kent’s roads and transport has resigned from his cabinet role. Cllr David Brazier, the cabinet member for highways and transport, confirmed he was to stand aside. Mr Brazier denied that he had been forced out, saying that the decision had been mutually agreed with the leader Cllr Paul Carter. County councillor David Brazier He will be replaced …

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Towers bus saga to be probed by council watchdog

The local government ombudsman is to formally investigate Canterbury City Council over its handling of the issue of buses going through the Westgate Towers. It follows an outcry over a decision by Stagecoach not to send buses coming into the city through the 14th century struchire after the controversial West-gate Towers traffic trial was scrapped 18 months ago. St Peter’s …

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Council leader to down before May stand polls

CANTERBURY City Council leader John Gilbey has announced that he will stand down at the next election. The councillor, who represents Blean Forest, said he will not stand for re-election in May. Mr Gilbey, who has led the council since 2007, said the achievements the council had made during his time as leader were “staggering”, but admitted he had some …

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Motoring lobby oppose change

What a deeply conservative lot the motoring lobby are. So threatened by any change: breathalysers, compulsory wearing of seat belts, the pedestrianisation of Canterbury High Street — they’ve opposed them all (Have Your Say Over Towers Road Layout, Kentish Gazette, June 19). And now there is the hysterical opposition to proposed changes in St Dunstan’s. They should feel more threatened …

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Westgate trial

• UKIP members of both Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council councillors give notice that they unreservedly condemn the Westgate Towers mark two scheme. This scheme, forced upon us undemocratically by Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council, has not been discussed in the normal council committees. This situation is indicative of the appalling state of our local democracy. …

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St Dunstan’s scheme

There have been some hysterical letters in your pages recently about proposed changes to traffic in the St Dunstan’s area. Rather than considering each proposed change in turn on its merits, or otherwise, correspondents have lumi them all together under the unhelpful title “Westgate Towers’ Little Brother” and seen them as evidence of a plot to undermine the results of …

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Now get set for ‘Little Brother’

Ominous dark storm clouds covered the sky over Canterbury yesterday (Wednesday) morning as it emerged the county council is secretly working on a fresh road system for St Dunstan’s. Already being called the “Little Brother” of the original Westgate Towers traffic trial, the plans mirror key elements of the controversial year-long scheme which died last year. These include retaining the …

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Counciflors’ share of austerity

Thank you to the Gazette for an excellent report and editorial last week, highlighting that council taxpayers are being made to pick up the tab for unpaid tax on Cllr John Gilbey’s expenses (Guess Who’s Footing The Bill For Council Leader’s Unpaid Tax, Kentish Gazette, May 22/ We Know Who Is Losing Most – Us, Comment, Kentish Gazette, May 22). …

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If you live in the Canterbury City Council area…

There is a campaign afoot to improve the way our Council is run, by making it more democratic. The current “Leader & Executive” system concentrates power in just a few hands, resulting in decisions (opposing village green applications, the Westgate Towers traffic trial, the Local Plan and so on) that are against the public interest, and even against the wishes …

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