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Partisan view on choosing a party

Dylan Hampshire (Who To Vote For Is The Big Question, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22) takes an interesting non-partisan view on the May elections for the city council. I cannot be so dispassionate, but I hope I can help him and other readers with a similar dilemma by providing a point of view. Firstly, the local Conservatives …

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Local votes must be cast on local issues

MY THOUGHTS are turning to the elections in spring, both national and, probably more importantly, local. Many have moaned about the running of Canterbury City Council and the high-handed attitude it has often adopted, but as a concerned local voter who should I vote for? It is very important to separate the locals and nationals. It is no point electing …

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Parking rethink is long, long overdue

I AM pleased that, four years after I started asking for Canterbury council to look at parking issues in Herne Bay, they are finally starting to think about it. The truth is that parking is a vital issue at the heart of the wellbeing of any town’s retail and visitor experience. The council’s response was “we need the money” and …

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Parking policy must help town

I am pleased four years after I started asking for the council to look at parking issues in Herne Bay that they are finally starting to think about it. It is illegal to use on-street parking fees and charges for anything other than parking. Bluewater and Westwood Cross shopping centres and other-out-of town supermarkets will never charge for parking. Why? …

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Cocketts to close after 86 years in High Street

Owner warns other shops will go ONE of the Bay’s most vociferous supporters is closing his family’s shop in the town – and warns time is running out to prevent other businesses following suit. Dylan Hampshire, who runs Cocketts Mattresses in the High Street, has put the shop up for auction to be converted into flats and will instead trade …

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A brilliant plan to kill off Herne Bay

GREAT. The council has dedicated money to parking in Herne Bay. Is it to cheapen parking? To make parking more convenient? No, it is to police the parking with dedicated parking officers — well, I suppose it will raise more money for the council in these hard times of cuts. This is brilliant news. More fear for Herne Bay shoppers …

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Local Plan: Herne Bay’s ‘Usual Suspects’ call for Plan B

There may not be any violence, drugs or crime, but Herne Bay’s Usual Suspects are still hoping for an explosive impact. The group of campaigners have stepped forward to produce their own proposals for the future of the town, claiming the council’s draft Local Plan would prove as disastrous as the failed heist in the Oscar-winning film. They came up …

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Free parking – is it worth the money?

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It’s hard to tell whether this scheme is gibberish or not.The money to pay for this free parking experiment is coming from the “Opportunity Fund” – £10k set aside by CCC for the Herne Bay councillors to spend on local projects. I had fondly imagined that this would cover stuff that …

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Ancient Hallowe’en traditions go on

I loved reading the front page of the Herne Bay Times last week (“Church set to save Bay from Zombies”). It is interesting that exactly the same thing was happening 2,000 years ago. The roots of Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night stem from pagan times when, all across northern Europe, the local Celts knew this time of year, Samhain, as the …

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The city council has lost the plot

I have been following the debate, kicked off by Dylan Hampshire of Cockett’s Mattresses, about the need for a town council for Herne Bay (“Call for town council to end ‘democratic deficit'”, Times, June 21). I certainly believe Canterbury City Council has lost the plot and we should return to more local control of our affairs. Canterbury is just not …

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