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Rebrand plan for museum

Volunteers have unveiled plans to rebrand the museum as the Seaside Museum Herne Bay. It follows a debate at the official launch meeting on Friday, March 27, where ideas were put forward about a possible new theme for the building in William Street. Friends of Herne Bay Museum secretary suggested the new seaside themed idea, and said the majority backed …

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Fylde with gladness

Our trail-blazing chums in Fylde, Lancashire got the result they fought long and hard for, in the face of stiff resistance from their local council. It’s can be done, and we can do it. Fylde to abolish cabinet system following referendum Voters have forced Fylde Borough Council to abandon its cabinet structure and adopt a committee-based system, following a local …

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Council to rule on museum control

A campaign to bring the town’s museum under voluntary control is set to take a step forward today (Thursday, 3rd July). Canterbury City Council’s executive is expected to agree to allow the Friends of Herne Bay Museum group to express its interest in running the building in William Street. Legislation under the Localism Act allows community groups to bid to …

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Council bosses to consider community bid to run museums

Community campaigners will set out their arguments for taking over Herne Bay and Whitstable museums next week. The Friends of Herne Bay Museum and Whitstable Chamber of Commerce have both submitted formal expressions of interest to run the museums in each town under national ‘community right to challenge’ legislation introduced by the Localism Act. Both groups worked with council officials …

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Cllr James Flanagan’s thinking

Many residents have asked me about the way our council makes decisions, and why a change from an Executive to Committee system is so important. The way in which our council is run is at the heart of local decision making. From refuse collection to housing, from planning to open spaces, Canterbury City Council affects our daily lives in more …

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Cllr Neil Baker’s thinking

In a recent post here, we asked for more information about the Political Management Member Panel (PMMP), given that: it may play a significant role in the coming months in relation to the governance of our Council, and there is precious little information about the PMMP in the public domain. Quick as a flash, Cllr Simon Cook, and then Cllr …

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Campaigners want your help in strugle for council change

5,600 names needed for petition CAMPAIGNERS are trying to collect more than 5,000 signatures to force a referendum on the way council decisions are made. Members of the Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District — made up of groups from Canterbury Herne Bay, Whitstable and the villages – have launched a petition calling for a public vote on the issue, …

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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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Police called in as hecklers tell Gilbey to resign

Leader ignores calls for him to quit POLICE were called to the Guildhall after protesters erupted with fury when councillors dismissed a 3,500-signature petition calling for them to resign. Campaigners shouted “Gilbey out” and stood as Whitstable resident Julie Wassmer launched a scathing attack on council leader John Gilbey. The fervent activist shouted until she was hoarse, despite attempts by …

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