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A nude statue will not be needed for this council leader

A piece of my mind TV writer, author and local campaigner Julie Wassmer gives her views… THE satirist Auberon Waugh once wrote that the true test of a leader is how well they would look as a nude statue. Certainty what makes a good leader is often far removed from the leader’s own opinion, since time spent in the job …

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John Gilbey got out of the wrong side of bed Part 1

Our Precious Leader didn’t have a good start to Saturday by the looks of it. Someone or something, or possibly everything, had him riled and the solution was to let rip on his very own website and Facebook page. It may be that he was displeased with the public reaction to his support for the proposed one-way system in Whitstable …

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Buses ‘cannot return to Westgate Towers’

Stagecoach boss says council must consider alternatives to medieval archway THE only buses that will go through Canterbury’s Westgate Towers will be ones “dragged from the pages of history books,” Stagecoach’s managing director has warned. Philip Norwell told councillors and campaigners that simply rerouting buses back through the towers would not be a solution to the issue of no service …

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Tories face rebellion on beach hut rent increase

Council under pressure to delay its decision RULING Tory councillors could face opposition from their own party tonight (Thursday) as they debate proposals to increase beach hut rents. Both Whitstable and Herne Bay area member panels voted to ask for the decision to be delayed to allow hut owners to get legal advice, after council lawyers said they must pay …

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Police called in as hecklers tell Gilbey to resign

Leader ignores calls for him to quit POLICE were called to the Guildhall after protesters erupted with fury when councillors dismissed a 3,500-signature petition calling for them to resign. Campaigners shouted “Gilbey out” and stood as Whitstable resident Julie Wassmer launched a scathing attack on council leader John Gilbey. The fervent activist shouted until she was hoarse, despite attempts by …

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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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Local Plan: letter

Plan fails with no funding for roads The local development plan is flawed. I have sent all members of Canterbury City Council (CCC), and their highly-paid consultants Amec, who produced coloured charts on the selected areas, “evidence-based” reasons of why they are fundamentally flawed. In addition CCC has also ignored government guidelines on consultation. These government guidelines declare that the …

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UKIP take Herne Bay

Victorious UKIP members in the Bay are celebrating their success in the Kent County Council elections. The party wrestled both Herne Bay seats from sitting Tories Jean Law and David Hirst, with Nicholas Bond and Brian MacDowall now representing the town at County Hall. The result was the last declared and the only UKIP win in the district, but took …

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Independents to stand in county council poll

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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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