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Clash over the future of field

Campaigners and councillors clashed throughout 2013 over the future of Kingsmead Field, Canterbury. The land is earmarked for 100 homes in the council’s draft local plan but protesters are attempting to block development by registering it as a village green. Despite recommendations from Kent County Council staff to reject the application, and objections from Canterbury City Council. at a hearing …

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Are Idlers Being Rewarded?

An interesting programme on Radio 4 the other day weighed up the pros and cons of idleness. A colonel’s wife spoke of enjoying brandy and ginger ale at bath-times and occasionally chatting to her kids through an intercom when she was particularly bored. A former miner spoke movingly about beginning work as a school boy in 1925 and finding his …

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Councils told to unlock reserves as budget cuts loom

THE city council, Swale Borough Council and others in Kent are being urged to use “rainy day” money to cushion the impact of budget cuts next year after figures showed that together they are holding £222m in reserves. Canterbury City Council, which has been warning of the cuts to come, currently has reserves of £12.1m – 44% of its revenue …

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