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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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Look everyone – it’s that Ed Targett again!

Greens unveil Ed Targett as election candidate The latest contender to challenge for North Thanet and Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale’s seat at the next election has been revealed. Former Herne Bay Times reporter Ed Targett is the Green Party’s first candidate in the seat since 1992 after helping establish a new Thanet group in 2012. Father-of-two Mr Targett, …

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Herne Bay Food and Drink Fair

A storming success by anyone’s reckoning – plenty of stalls selling excellent food and drink, plenty of happy punters streaming in, and then streaming out clutching their bags of goodies. I hope this becomes a regular, and frequent, fixture in the town calendar.

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How can Herne Bay find its voice?

Town council or Herne Bay Society: what does the town need? Does Herne Bay need its own council, or would a Herne Bay Society be better? Is it time to reclaim our Bay? That’s the question campaigners are asking this week after another Canterbury City Council council decision was met with fury in the town. This time, it was the …

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How to run a Council – the case for change

THE PRESENT SYSTEM Canterbury has what is called a ‘Strong Leader and Executive’ system. This was adopted in 2002 after the government of the day made all councils choose between this and having an elected Mayor. The Councillors elect the Leader, who then chooses the Executive members, and can throw them off the Executive if they don’t say the right …

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Queen Victoria fills the King’s Hall

The King’s Hall was packed – a fantastic sight. It gladdens my heart to see people getting involved in local issues, and the turnout this evening was clear evidence of the importance of QVMH to our town.  Congratulations to Gillian Fowler, and the League of Friends of QVMH, and a swarm of others around town for alerting us to the …

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QVMH – it’s our hospital, so it’s up to us to save it

As you may know by now, the Outpatient Services at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital are under threat of closure. The hospital is covnenient for Herne Bay residents, with good public transport links and ample parking – we need to protect the services our hospital provides. If you want to save the QVMH Outpatient Services, here are three things you can …

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Council gerrymandering: Oh no we won’t! Oh yes they have.

Two months after saying that they would not submit any proposals in the boundary change consultation, our beloved leaders have, er, done just that. A quick reminder: the Local Government Boundaries Commission for England (LGBCE) has been invited by our Council to review our local government arrangements. The LGBCE is looking at the number of wards, the boundaries and names …

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Windy everywhere

Damaging Windstorm Lashes UK and Northern Europe  A significant wind event is ongoing across Ireland and the United Kingdom and will spread over northern Europe through Friday. The strongest winds on Thursday impacted Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England where sustained winds of 65-80 kph (40-50 mph) were common. Data accessed by Accuweather.com meteorologists show that wind gusts reached 183 …

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£50k for the Bay

Yes folks, it’s free money time! The People’s Millions people have £50,000 to give away, and we’re up against Ellington Park in Ramsgate. The winner is decided by the number of phone-in votes, which will cost you 10p. You can vote up to 10 times – I don’t know why this should be, but rules is rules. Call 0871 626 …

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