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Poll says yes to a town council for Whitstable

Times readers vote 3 to 1 in favour WHITSTABLE Times online readers have backed the possibility of the seaside town getting its own town council. A poll on our website was prompted after the Whitstable Green Party launched a petition calling for the change. People of Whitstable living in the Gorrell, Seasalter and Tankerton wards are being invited to support …

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Does town council offer good value?

As someone who was attempting to promote public discussion and debate about this issue as long ago as 2004, I am pleased to see the topic of a potential Whitstable Town Council once more heading your letters page (Council Call Sounds Like Electioneering, Letters and Opinion, Gazette). There does seem to be a new head of steam building up on …

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Whitstable Museum handed to town trust

Council ‘very impressed’ by new group AN EXCITING future could be in store for Whitstable Museum after Canterbury City Council agreed to transfer the running of it to The Whitstable Community Museum and Gallery Trust. At a meeting on Thursday, executive members heard that the bid from the trust to run the museum was “very strong”, featuring “a determination 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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Committee system would be better

THANK you for telling your readers about the forthcoming meeting to discuss whether we should try to change the way Canterbury City Council is run (“Campaigners want a referendum”, Times, January 16). Last week the council was presented with a petition calling on the executive to resign, and it provoked a lively meeting. As the dust settles, it’s now time …

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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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Delight as land deal preserves green gap

Nearly 20 acres of land between Herne Bay and Whitstable is to be preserved by the city council as a “green gap” between the two towns. It has acquired it from George Wilson Developments following a historic planning agreement with the company which has only recently been legally concluded. The land lies in two sections to the south of the …

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