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Online library petition launched

OUR SHARED library service is one of the few remaining things that links people across Kent. Yet when Cllr Mike Hill launched Kent County Council’s consultation about handing over our libraries to a trust he said “It will be a matter for the trust whether it wants to maintain Kent’s 99 libraries”. This was a warning. None of us will …

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Nigel will have to make plans after TV debacle

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • The timing could not have been worse, of course, and there is no doubt Ukip has taken a bashing after the Channel 4 broadcast of the fly-on-the-wall documentary Meet The Ukippers. But there may be …

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Don’t close book on our libraries

Kent’s network of 99 libraries is one of the few things that links people across the county – we all share it! In response to Kent County Council’s consultation about its future a Save Our Public Libraries petition has been launched. Everyone across Kent is now invited to sign at: http://tinyurl.com/kentlibs The petition allows people to oppose cuts and closures …

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Landlord in solar farm fury over muddy trucks

Share & Coulter’s lunchtime trade ‘has been destroyed’ THE building of a giant solar farm and the closure of a nearby road, is losing his pub business, says a landlord. Trevor and Claire Robinson run the Share & Coulter in Owls Hatch Road, south of Herne Bay, close to the 200-acre solar farm being developed by British Solar Renewables. The …

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Budget is approved despite opposition

Council tax rise voted through at meeting, but councillors’ expenses cut isn’t FLY-TIPPING, rats and councillors’ expenses are just three of the issues that were raised in the heated debate that ended in Canterbury City Council voting through its budget for the coming year. Councillors traded barbs with each other over whose fault the financial crisis had been, and who …

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Protesters urge council to keep libraries as a service

Town residents are concerned charity plan will lead to closures MORE than 200 people turned out to join the protest to save Whitstable’s library service on Saturday. The gathering, which was held on National Libraries Day, followed the announcement of Kent County Council’s money-saving plans to hand over Kent’s network of 99 libraries to a charitable trust. Event organisers launched …

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An edition of the Magna Carta, which belongs to Sandwich town council, discovered in Kent County Council’s archives in Maidstone

An edition of the Magna Carta has been found buried in Kent’s archives.  The historic document which established the principle of the rule of law was discovered at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.  The charter has been authenticated by Professor Nicholas Vincent, of the University of East Anglia, who confirmed it belongs to Sandwich town council. King Edward I gave …

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Conference looks at flood lessons

A conference to look at what could be learned from last year’s winter floods in Kent has taken place. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the conference heard from Ashford MP, Damian Green, and the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter. David Thompson, senior analyst, at the Committee on Climate Change also spoke. More than 200 …

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County Hall U-turns an enlightening experience

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • If you can hear the sound of car gears crashing around County Hall, it is probably connected to the latest policy U-turn. After a reversal on plans to axe the number of community wardens comes …

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Drivers familiar with flooding road

I read the story about the number of crashes on Calcott Hill because of water running across the road and freezing, despite Kent County Council claiming that it had been gritted (Council DID Grit ‘Ice Rink’ Road, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22). It may have been gritted but obviously this could not cope with the continuous stream of overflowing water. …

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