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Former youth commissioner Kerry Boyd to stand in local elections

Comments (0) FORMER youth commissioner Kerry Boyd has been selected by the Conservatives to stand for Westgate in the forthcoming local elections. The post was created by Kent Police crime commissioner Ann Barnes in a bid to improve relationships and understanding between young people and the police. Miss Boyd was suspended from public duties last June after tabloid allegations of her …

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Canterbury city centre tops crime figures for our district

The police were kept busy in Canterbury city centre Comments (0) THE centre of Canterbury is the area’s crime capital, according to Home Office statistics. The latest figures, which relate to December last year, chart the number of crimes reported in each local-authority ward. And Canterbury’s Westgate ward, which includes much of the city-centre area such as High Street and Burgate with …

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Thanet marks Fairtrade Fortnight

FairTrade Fortnight: There will be a Japanese Karuta tournament Comments (0) FAIRTRADE Fortnight begins today and will include several Thanet events. The aim of the fortnight is to demonstrate the benefits Fairtrade brings to growers and their communities through ensuring a fair price is paid for goods such as sugar, tea and cocoa. Events taking place are: FILM The Fairtrade Foundation …

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Regeneration challenge of ‘most deprived’ ward

Herne Bay town centre has been described as the most deprived ward in the district, with nearly twice as many referrals to the Citizens Advice Bureau as anywhere else across Canterbury. The charity helped 1,109 peopie in need in Heron Ward last year, compared to just 573 in Westgate in Canterbury, revealing the scale of the challenge to regenerate the …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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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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Westgate trial a success. Earth is flat. Unicorns fart glitter.

Cllr Vickery-Jones is a reliable stock of laughter – it’s a bit like having a town jester. Long after the Westgate trial has been shut down by KCC and a collective sigh of relief has echoed around Canterbury, our local flat-earther insists it was a success. Nearly. If only we had all given it just a little more time. And …

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Oh dear. He just doesn’t get it, does he?

Step 1 – put your fingers in your ears, to block out the voice of reason. Step 2 – shut your eyes tightly, to avoid seeing the evidence. Step 3 – close your mind to the facts. Step 4 – keep shouting “The Westgate trial is a success”, in the hope you’ll be believed. Congratulations – you’re councillor material. Canterbury’s …

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Gilbey crushes colleague, damages democracy

This is shocking, whichever way you look at it. Cllr Gilbey fires one of his own, supposedly for speaking out of turn (see news item below). As Cllr Hirst points out, he is a councillor for both Canterbury City and Kent County, and he decides which hat to wear on the basis of whether the issue is a District level …

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Council keen on permanent Westgate scheme

It was confirmed by Kent County Council today (16th January) that the St Dunstan’s and Westgate Towers environmental improvements and traffic management trial will continue for the full year and finish at the end of March. KCC also announced that the road layout will return to its previous configuration at the end of the trial. The city council will – …

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