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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Julie Board: How can you create something out of nothing?

Julie Board has worked with hundreds of people in Canterbury, helping them to help each other without expecting anything back. She talks to Neasa MacErlean about how she has approached this in the Women’s Institute, the Hub Cafe, the Fridge Food Bank and the Re-pair Café. (The photo shows Julie…

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Dr Tim Noble: GP’s View

How did our GP surgeries work together during lockdown? What role did the Canterbury Mosque play? What changes will we notice when we consult our medics in future? Dr Timothy Noble of the University of Kent’s Medical Centre gives his personal account.  When I was first asked to write an…

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Gay Canterbury

How has the gay community developed in Canterbury over the last few decades? Neasa MacErlean talks to one man who prefers not to disclose his name about his changing experiences in the area over the years. We run this interview partly to mark the unfortunate cancellation of Gay Pride this month…

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Black Lives Matter: Stephen Kamara

Stephen Kamara (pictured) of Black Lives Matter Kent was one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) march which attracted 300 to 400 people to Canterbury city centre on Saturday, 6 June. Kamara, 22, is an Accounting and Finance student at the University of Kent where he is…

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