Reaching Carbon Net Zero – Cllr Dan Watkins

Dan Watkins is the Canterbury City Councillor with the main Climate Change brief. Now that the Council has approved his ‘Climate Action Plan’, what will it mean in practice? Why does it tackle just 2% of our emissions? Will it actually happen? Neasa MacErlean talks to the Conservative councillor for Greenhill (also…

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Paul Bennet

One person has done more than anyone else in the last four decades to discover and preserve the archaeology of Canterbury and the nearby area. Paul Bennett retired as Director of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust in late September 2020 — having presided over a remarkable number of archaeological projects. Paul…

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A new hospital for Canterbury? by Martin Vye

If we think of hospitals at present two big questions come into our minds. Can our local hospitals cope if COVID-19 cases go up steeply in East Kent? And if beds fill up with COVID cases shall we able to have the treatment we need for other serious conditions? However,…

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Ben Fitter-Harding

Canterbury district will lead the country in its use of technology to deliver services to residents, if Ben Fitter-Harding, the new Canterbury City Council (CCC) leader, can deliver on his vision. But he is no stranger to controversy — pushing through unpopular decisions (such as the Multi Storey Car Park)…

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Interview with Cllr Dan Smith

Dan Smith’s enjoyment of the the Kent countryside and history is a major reason behind his decision to stand for the Canterbury City Council (CCC) in May last year. Now elected as a Lib Dem Cllr for Blean, he talks to Neasa MacErlean about the Planning Committee, the likelihood of…

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Cllr Rachel Carnac gives first interview as Deputy Leader

Conservative Rachel Carnac is the Canterbury City Councillor for Reculver ward, and has just been elected Deputy Leader of the Council and Deputy Leader of the Conservative group. Tipped as a high-flyer, she was appointed chair of one of Canterbury City Council’s (CCC’s) main committees soon after her election in…

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Councillor Mel Dawkins

Saxophone player and music teacher Mel Dawkins, Labour Councillor for St Stephen’s, was elected for the first time in May 2019. She talks to Neasa MacErlean about the City’s soul, cycling, how she sets her agenda and many other issues. What is it like being a Councillor? Is it what…

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Poetry and the city: Clifford Liles

How much does Canterbury inspire poets? How much does it act as a cradle for the act of writing? Clifford Liles became serious about writing poetry after he moved here. He talks to Neasa MacErlean about inspiration, love and beauty. NM: You lived in Canterbury for over a decade before…

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Professor Richard Norman: could Canterbury be a new Athens?

Does Canterbury have anything in common with ancient Athens? Are we living out the lessons of moral philosophy — or are we closer to living in a jungle? What did lockdown teach us? And what are Trump and other populists showing us about our democratic values? Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor…

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