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Duck racing fits the bill for field of friends

More than 200 people braved a chilly Easter Monday to attend a duck race at the Kingsmead Field. Organised by the Friends of the field, a total of 300 ducks took part in the races with £531 raised for improvements to the area. Sian Pettman, of Market Way, found herself waist deep in the icy Stour as she released the …

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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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Council critics won’t join the fray

With local elections next May, the political battles are likely to start in earnest in the New Year. But already a number of outspoken critics of the city council have indicated they will not be seeking election. Kingsmead Field campaigner and mother-of-three Sian Pettman said she would not be standing, citing family reasons. She said: “I think it’s good that …

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Making the decisions that affect YOUR lives – have your say

BIG CHOICES NEED TO BE MADE ABOUT THE FUTURE, …BUT IS CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL MAKING THEM IN THE RIGHT WAY? JOIN THE DEBATE Swingeing budget cuts, government demands to build hundreds of homes, a cavalcade of controversies – all have put the way Canterbury City Council makes its decisions under the microscope. Here, Sian Pettman and Richard Norman from the …

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Field homes decision expected

The city council is poised to abandon plans to build homes on all of Canterbury’s Kingsmead Field. Members of the executive will meet next month when they are expected to ratify a proposal to allow 75% of the field to remain while the rest is built on. The council initially wanted to allow the whole field to be made available …

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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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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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