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Things have changed since they became MPs

What happened after our two Tories entered Parliament THE world today is a very different place to when our MPs first took office, back in the Thatcher-dominated era of the 1980s. Canterbury and Whitstable’s MP Julian Brazier joined the parliamentary ranks in 1987, while Sir Roger Gale has been representative for Thanet North since the constituency’s creation in 1983. Together …

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The big money debate

CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Leader calls for less interference from central government The city council has set its budget for the next financial year amid calls for greater economic independence from Westminster. Leader John Gilbey says the authority’s sound financial position is the result of policies designed to insure it against further funding cuts from central government …

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Partisan view on choosing a party

Dylan Hampshire (Who To Vote For Is The Big Question, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, January 22) takes an interesting non-partisan view on the May elections for the city council. I cannot be so dispassionate, but I hope I can help him and other readers with a similar dilemma by providing a point of view. Firstly, the local Conservatives …

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Solar farm at Owl’s Hatch Road near Herne given go-ahead

One of Britain’s biggest solar farms – capable of powering the whole of Herne Bay – has controversially won planning permission. The scheme, on land near Herne, will cover 212 acres – an area the equivalent of almost 150 football pitches. Developers claim their complex of photovoltaic panels will generate enough electricity to supply 14,000 homes. Rows of panels standing 2.4 metres …

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Stormy waters face new leader’s ship

And they’re off! With just five months until the Canterbury City Council elections and the day John Gilbey quits as leader, Gazette columnist Harry Bell gives his take on the main runners and riders to replace him Word has it that there are at least nine Tory councifiors who fancy stepping into John Gilbey’s shoes. There will no doubt be …

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Now get set for ‘Little Brother’

Ominous dark storm clouds covered the sky over Canterbury yesterday (Wednesday) morning as it emerged the county council is secretly working on a fresh road system for St Dunstan’s. Already being called the “Little Brother” of the original Westgate Towers traffic trial, the plans mirror key elements of the controversial year-long scheme which died last year. These include retaining the …

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Council to examine future committee structure

A motion proposing investigating the scrapping of the council’s cabinet-style executive has been passed – paving the way for a return to a committee system. The development follows widespread concern about the way decisions are being taken by the Tory leadership, which many say is secretive and does not take into account the views of other councillors and the public. …

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City council looks at a return to old committee system

Leader Gilbey warns: Be careful what you wish for A motion proposing investigating the scrapping of the council’s cabinet-style executive has been passed – paving the way for a return to a committee system. The development follows widespread concern about the way decisions are being taken by the Tory leadership, which many say is secretive and does not take into …

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Thursday night at the Guildhall

"Unprecedented" democracy debate to take place

Campaigners are expected to pack a meeting on Thursday for a debate on the issue of local democracy. Members of the Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District are calling the meeting "unprecedented" because it will feature cross-party discussion on the way forward for Canterbury City Council.

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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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