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The top 7 priorities facing our next MP from 2015

THE campaigning for the General Election only started this week, but some people in Canterbury are already looking ahead. TIM BATES looks at the biggest issues that will face Canterbury and Whitstable’s new MP… 1. Housing While Canterbury’s Local Plan has been put together by the city council, rather than an MP, its unpopular plan to build thousands of new …

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Harbour Village is open for business from this weekend

WHITSTABLE Harbour Village will open for its ninth season on Sunday, with 33 local artists, artisans and independent retailers selling their wares from fishermen’s timber huts on the South Quay. This season it will be open from 10am to 5pm every weekend and bank holiday, with some traders opening on weekdays. Stuart Heaver, founder and owner of the Harbour Village, …

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Flood defence conference planned

The floods during the winter of 2013 and 2014 affected large parts of Kent A conference to look at the lessons learned from last winter’s floods in Kent is being set up. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is organising the conference. More than 200 homes were flooded in the Yalding and Tonbridge area a year ago, and thousands …

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We’re ready for the floods, insists EA

Government body promises no repeat of last winter’s devastation THE Environment Agency (EA) says it is ready to tackle any flooding in Canterbury this year, despite admittng that more needed to be done to protect homes. Since the heavy rainfall of last December, January and February which rendered some villages inaccessible and hundreds of homes flooded, crews from the Environment …

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Anti-flooding work on rivers delayed

Work on clearing the Stour of foliage and pruning trees to prevent flooding will not be complete until mid-March. The Environment Agency is planning to remove plants between Fordwich and Sandwich to improve the flow of water. The Stour and the Nailbourne flooded in February, prompting Canterbury City Council to deliver 15,000 sandbags to affected people. However, the agency said …

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Family’s flood fear as homes approved

A family fear their home could be swamped after the city council’s planning officers ignored warnings about homes being built on a flood plain. Julie Proctor, 37, and her husband Scott, 41, have lived at Studd Cottages off Whitstable Road for 12 years, and have a well in their back garden to try and prevent their home being flooded. The …

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Wading in on Stour issues

Your report about angler Stuart Cullen’s concerns about the lack of maintenance of the Great Stour downstream of Fordwich strikes a chord with the Little Stour and Nailbourne River Management Group of which I am the chairman (River State Sparks Repeat Flood Fears, Herne Bay Gazette, October 30). The group, which comprises all the parishes on the Little Stour and …

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John Gilbey’s blueprint for Herne Bay

The Leader of our Council has produced a blueprint for debate. As he says: As a member of the City Council for 11 years and as Portfolio Holder for Regeneration for 9 years, I have had a unique insight into many issues across the District and the County. I don’t have all the answers to questions that are asked and …

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Parents’ group attacks school chiefs over move

Bosses deny sending ‘mixed messages’ on flood risk site AN ASSOCIATION of parents with children attending Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury have accused the school management of sending “mixed messages” over the proposed move to Herne Bay. A spokesman for the Barton Court Parent’s Forum, a group which opposes the proposal for the school to move out of the …

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Work to start on Herne Bay sea defences

Canterbury City Council has received approval and funding from the Environment Agency to start improvements to the sea defences at the central part of Herne Bay. The £900,000 project includes a £80,000 council contribution, and work is due to start on site at the end of January. Breheny Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract, and all improvements should be …

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