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Kent Police called as Canterbury City Council's decision not to remove executive sparks angry protest

09 January 2014
by Alex Claridge

Canterbury City Council tonight refused to bow to public pressure and remove its executive.

The Conservative-controlled authority had been presented with a 3,300-name petition calling for the resignation of the 10-member ruling executive.
Councillors voted 31 against  and 11 in favour, sparking angry protests and forcing the Lord Mayor's chauffeur to call police.
The Guildhall in Canterbury

The Guildhall in Canterbury

But officers did not attend the Guildhall and the protesters left.
The petition was organised by city centre businesswoman Debbie Barwick following the failed Westgate Towers traffic trial, which ended last year and was blamed for causing gridlock around Canterbury.
Ms Barwick branded council leader John Gilbey shameless and said the authority had lost the
trust of residents.

Cllr Gilbey insisted the council had achieved much despite suffering funding cuts brought on by the recession.

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