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Beach Hut Charges – have your say

Our beloved Council is reviewing the way it charges people for having huts on the public beach. Apparently they have had legal advice that the current arrangements fall short of best practice. This document spells out the background, and the proposed new charges. In a nutshell, the rents go up, there’s no discount for being a local or for being …

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Visible Policing – have your say

Invitation to attend ‘Saving Visible Community Policing’ conference – Friday 6th December. It is our pleasure to invite you to our ‘Saving Visible Community Policing’ conference on the morning of Friday the 6th December 2013 at the Kent Police College, Coverdale Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 9DW. This is a real opportunity for you to have your say on the next round …

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Budget = Cuts

Council bosses say increasing income and prioritising “core services” will be their focus as they battle with another cut in government grants. Parking charges will rise and the district’s share of council tax will go up by the maximum two per cent allowed (unless a local referendum takes place) as officials try to balance Canterbury City Council’s (CCC) budget. The …

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Pier news: decking to be replaced for £140k

More than 700 square metres of the timber decking that surrounds the central tarmac area on Herne Bay pier will be replaced in a project costing around £140,000. Inspections have shown that while the pier’s substructure is sound, the timber runners and decking are not in such good condition and have deteriorated since the pavilion was removed. The area around …

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Beach hut owners to start paying market rent

Canterbury City Council is seeking views on future charging arrangements for beach huts. Ongoing tenancy negotiations with Beach Hut Owners’ Associations prompted the council to seek external legal advice on its position. As a result, a number of changes are being made to beach hut tenancies and the associated fees. The council’s barrister provided very clear legal advice that it …

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Council Priorities: where will the axe fall?

Now we can all play Predict-a-Cut™ – it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Download a copy of the Council’s priorities here: CCC Priorities. Tinker with the little buttons on the column headings to sort and filter the list. See which functions you think are most likely for the chop, and share your thoughts with the rest of the world using the comments …

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The Council’s priorities. Theirs, not ours.

Here’s the list in handy spreadsheet format, and here’s the much less helpful PDF format file provided by our Council. Well, here it is at last – the list that was compiled in secret and kept under wraps for as long as possible. It’s curiously instructive to see just how misguided and skewed CCC’s priorities seem to be: The Marlowe …

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Council’s priorities not secret, not confidential, just rubbish

The city council has finally published its league table of services as it lays the ground for further budget cuts and savings. It has put the controversial Local Plan, in which more than 15,000 new homes are planned for the district, atop the pile, with the cost of running democracy second and development management third. Culture in Canterbury also features …

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Council’s priorities aren’t secret – they’re confidential!

Definition of secret: not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. Definition of confidential: intended to be kept secret.  [Oxford Dictionaries online]  Who does Cllr Gilbey think he’s kidding?  Canterbury City Council is one of the most democratic local authorities in the country, claims leader John Gilbey. He hit out after the Kentish Gazette …

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Our Council’s secret priorities

Oh dear… the Council that represents us and works for us is refusing to tell us what they’re doing. It’s a kind of nanny-dictator state.  Canterbury City Council has produced a league table of its 71 service areas in order of importance, but is refusing to reveal how it has ranked them. The Gazette has learned that the Marlowe Theatre …

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