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Owners of dereIict homes sent higher council tax bills

Homeowners who leave their properties derelict for more than two years are now being hit with a 150% council tax bill. Under new rules which kicked in yesterday (Wednesday), Canterbury City Council can demand increased tax on homes which are laid to waste. And the Gazette can today reveal that nearly 2,500 properties in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are …

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Kent Police should-just return to fighting crime

A piece of my mind Julie Wassmer TV writer, author and local campaigner LAST month I commented on a Guardian newspaper report on how Kent Police had asked for a list of names of the attendees to a university fracking debate. Having been a panelist on the debate, which took place in November at Canterbury Christ Church University, I followed …

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School serves well – just where it is

Councillors in Herne Bay and Sir Roger Gale have asserted that Herne Bay children are missing out on school places, with particular concern raised that children living in the Reculver, Bishopstone and Beltinge area have been excluded from attending grammar schools in general and Barton Court in particular (Pupils Caught In School Tug-Of-War, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, June …

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Back the fight for council buy-out of Manston airport

SHOULD companies show corporate responsibility for the people whose areas and amenities they exploit? That’s a question currently being answered by people in Manston who are fighting to save our regional airport. Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag bought Manston for £1 last October and closed it on May 15, citing losses, in spite of an offer made by the American company …

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Flats cost KCC £461,000 each

Massive bill for housing scheme A HOUSING project commissioned by Kent County Council was built at a cost of £461,764 per apartment. Kent County Council, as part of its Better Homes Active Lives scheme for the elderly and people with learning and mental health problems, signed a contract in 2007 worth £72 million. The money was spent on 16 buildings …

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