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Up to 400 jobs could go as KCC faces up to grant cuts

Services could ‘buckle under the strain’, warns councils body Councils across Kent have been told how much government money they will get next year for key services after bracing themselves for yet another bruising round of cuts. The government has announced that councils will have to take a 1.8% reduction hi grants and any council tax increases will have to …

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Flood defence conference planned

The floods during the winter of 2013 and 2014 affected large parts of Kent A conference to look at the lessons learned from last winter’s floods in Kent is being set up. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is organising the conference. More than 200 homes were flooded in the Yalding and Tonbridge area a year ago, and thousands …

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Towers bus saga to be probed by council watchdog

The local government ombudsman is to formally investigate Canterbury City Council over its handling of the issue of buses going through the Westgate Towers. It follows an outcry over a decision by Stagecoach not to send buses coming into the city through the 14th century struchire after the controversial West-gate Towers traffic trial was scrapped 18 months ago. St Peter’s …

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Council chiefs clash with government over schools

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 • Just who should be keeping an eye on Kent’s academy and free schools? It isn’t local education authorities – much to their dismay. Now council chiefs from across the country say they should have the …

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in brief

Improvement Trust date WHITSTABLE: The Whitstable Improvement Trust’s AGM will be on June 24 at 2pm in St Peter’s Church in Sydenham Street. This year is the 25th anniversary of the trust’s founding in 1989. There will be the election of new board members, reports from the executive board and updates on various projects. Priorities for the next 25 years …

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Council ‘mafia’ row as Ukip slam leader

County councillors speak out after forum ‘ban’ UKIP councillors blasted the leader of Canterbury City Council as “a consultant to the mafia” after a row over meetings. County councillors Brian MacDowall and Nick Bond spoke out at a meeting of Herne Bay Area Member Panel last week after learning they were no longer to be part of the committee. Decision …

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Back the fight for council buy-out of Manston airport

SHOULD companies show corporate responsibility for the people whose areas and amenities they exploit? That’s a question currently being answered by people in Manston who are fighting to save our regional airport. Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag bought Manston for £1 last October and closed it on May 15, citing losses, in spite of an offer made by the American company …

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Tories criticised over decision to bar UKIP from town meetings

Furious UKIP councillors have accused top Tories of undermining local democracy after plans emerged to axe them from meetings about Herne Bay. County councillors Brian MacDowall and Nick Bond (UKIP) have hit out after it was announced they will no longer be able to sit in on Herne Bay area panel meetings with their city council counterparts. And they believe …

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Election roundup from thisiskent

Conservatives have won their fourth term in office with a six seat majority following one of the most tightly fought elections seen for decades. They won 45 seats in total but UKIP kept the Tories on their toes gaining 17 seats across Kent – winning seven out of eight seats in Thanet and then grabbing two in Herne Bay at …

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Roads policy ‘makes city life unbearable’ for people of Canterbury

Living in Canterbury has become "unbearable" according to exasperated residents who say they are being driven out. They told a meeting on Monday they are being forced to abandon the city since the controversial Westgate Towers traffic trial plunged it into gridlock.

Speaking at a heated public debate organised by the Get Canterbury Moving campaign group one frustrated householder predicted Canterbury would become full of students and tourists – but no one else.

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