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Opposition accuses council of U-turn over housing

Opposition accuses council of U-turn over housing

07 July 2021

Conservatives have accused coalition leaders of reneging on election promises to fight more housing plans. But planning boss denies the claim.

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Goodbye to old-look centre as food hall takes shape

Goodbye to old-look centre as food hall takes shape

07 July 2021

It's farewell to the empty shell of a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, but bigger food plans are about to be served up.

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'Urban sprawl' fears over plan for 145 homes

'Urban sprawl' fears over plan for 145 homes

07 July 2021

A council has opposed a 145-home scheme amid a wave of public opposition, but the developers say they remain "fully committed" to the project.

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Cameras on new £6m bin lorry fleet to tackle collection woes

Cameras on new £6m bin lorry fleet to tackle collection woes

06 July 2021

A local authority has splashed out more than £6 million on new bin lorries fitted with CCTV cameras to capture problems on their routes.

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Underused car park could become homeless shelter

Underused car park could become homeless shelter

06 July 2021

An "under-performing" car park near a town centre could be turned into a temporary accommodation block for the homeless.

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Borough has survived Covid pressures with a £1.22m surplus

Borough has survived Covid pressures with a £1.22m surplus

05 July 2021

Councillors have found themselves with money to spare despite Covid, thanks to generous Government support.

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Strange electoral arithmetic as Labour win by-election

Strange electoral arithmetic as Labour win by-election

02 July 2021

Our political editor Paul Francis takes a look at all the big news from national and local politics this week.

'Public toilet tax' consultation launched

'Public toilet tax' consultation launched

02 July 2021

People would pay more in council tax for living in an area with public loos, under plans proposed by a local authority.

Almost 105,000 EU citizens can stay in Kent under post-Brexit scheme

Almost 105,000 EU citizens can stay in Kent under post-Brexit scheme

01 July 2021

More than 100,000 EU citizens living and working in the county have successfully applied to remain in the UK following Brexit.

Private firm could police litter louts

Private firm could police litter louts

01 July 2021

A private firm which infamously fined a retired couple for dropping cherry pips could be brought back by a council to crack down on littering.

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Battle to save former sports site from development

Battle to save former sports site from development

30 June 2021

Campaigners are taking the fight against part of a £170m regeneration scheme to parliament.

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'The day I found top secret documents next to A2'

'The day I found top secret documents next to A2'

29 June 2021

A former civil servant has recalled how he found secret defence documents by the side of a road in Kent.

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'End our garden village blight'

'End our garden village blight'

28 June 2021

Landowners are demanding proof that their council has excluded them from a scheme to create a garden village of 4,000 homes.

Kent MP branded 'embarrassment' for Hancock tweet

Kent MP branded 'embarrassment' for Hancock tweet

28 June 2021

An MP has sparked an online backlash for her tweet to disgraced colleague Matt Hancock in the wake of his extramarital affair.

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'It's easier to ship to South Korea than France'

'It's easier to ship to South Korea than France'

27 June 2021

A guitar maker to the stars says new Brexit trade rules are creating a major headache for his business.

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Funeral of 'best mayor'

Funeral of 'best mayor'

26 June 2021

Flags flew at half mast for the councillor dubbed the 'best mayor' by one of her colleagues.

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'He should apologise in the Commons'

'He should apologise in the Commons'

25 June 2021

A Kent Conservative association branch chairman says it is a "huge disappointment" Matt Hancock appears to have broken social distancing rules.

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Hancock faces awkward questions - but not about Covid

Hancock faces awkward questions - but not about Covid

25 June 2021

Was Brexit vote really five years ago? Did we learn anything from report on white working class pupils falling behind? Paul Francis analyses the week.

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Campervan and motorhome owners told to drive on

Campervan and motorhome owners told to drive on

25 June 2021

A council has issued threats to campervan and motorhome owners to stop parking at the seaside overnight.

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'We need more houses but in the right places'

'We need more houses but in the right places'

24 June 2021

As plans to speed up house building across the country are revealed, our political editor Paul Francis looks at what it means for Kent.

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