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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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Council urged: Say no to all fracking

The city council is being asked to reject any attempts by energy companies to investigate fracking opportunities in the district. Lib Dem councillor Mike Sole has put forward the motion in a bid to deter the controversial gas extraction technique. He hopes it will send out a message to energy companies and Kent County Council, which is the authority responsible …

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Guess who’s footing bill for council leader’s unpaid tax

An unpaid tax bill run up by city council leader John Gilbey will be cleared using taxpayers’ money, the Gazette can reveal. In an email leaked to this newspaper, it emerged the Tory unknowingly racked up a £1,250 debt after failing to pay any tax on his mileage claims for the, last five years. But after Her Majesty’s Revenue and …

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School move would benefit all in town

The proposed move to Herne Bay by Barton Court in my opinion is a good thing for the whole district (Councillor Has Got His Priorities Wrong, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, May 15). As a father-of-three my choice for my children were single-sex schools or a mixed grammar similar to those offered to Canterbury parents. The difference is my …

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‘McDonald’s munchkin’ hits back at her critics

THERE were cheers in the council chamber as outgoing Lord Mayor Heather Taylor ended her year in office with a retort for her critics. Cllr Taylor, who represents Sturry had kept a dignified silence throughout the year despite frequent comments about her background, including working in McDonald’s. As she handed over the robes, she thanked her supporters, ending with a …

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Amid final protests, controversial plan for future is agreed

LOCAL PLAN After months of heated debate, the controversial draft Local Plan has finally been rubber-stamped by the city council to go to the government’s Planning Inspectorate for approval. But not before objectors, protesting against the scale of planned house-building and traffic congestion, fired a final broadside at the authority. The plan, which will be the blueprint and set policy …

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Plans approved for 15,000-home urban spread before 2031

Plans for thousands of new homes in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay moved one step closer this week. Gerry Warren reports on the reaction to a document dividing the district A controversial planning blueprint for more than 15,000 new homes across the district has been rubber-stamped by the council. The authority’s executive met on Thursday and approved the draft Local …

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Council’s priorities not secret, not confidential, just rubbish

The city council has finally published its league table of services as it lays the ground for further budget cuts and savings. It has put the controversial Local Plan, in which more than 15,000 new homes are planned for the district, atop the pile, with the cost of running democracy second and development management third. Culture in Canterbury also features …

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Council’s priorities aren’t secret – they’re confidential!

Definition of secret: not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. Definition of confidential: intended to be kept secret.  [Oxford Dictionaries online]  Who does Cllr Gilbey think he’s kidding?  Canterbury City Council is one of the most democratic local authorities in the country, claims leader John Gilbey. He hit out after the Kentish Gazette …

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