News Archived 2015

Tannery Site

2 blocks at the Tannery site are nearing completion with the 2 bedroom units priced at £345,000. Of the 19 units 11 have been sold.

The Old Tannery block work is due to start in the New Year 2016.

Some pictures of the show unit can be seen on the Planning Page

Canterbury Society have two Announcements that we at SMACS feel our members would interested in and any feedback on these please contact us:

The first being the Design Awards 2016 as described on the leaflet below:-

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2nd Announcement:

This is Canterbury Area Member Panel – (CAMP) as detailed below: –

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Road Closures:

Castle Row will be closed for 5 days from Monday 16/11/15 for road works

Church Lane, St Mildred’s road will be closed for Gas connection for 3 working days from 30 November 2015

AGM Meeting 20th October 2015

After having a successful meeting at the United Reformed Church we have found a plate that was left behind after the meeting and if you or you know anyone that has lost a plate contact Sandra Drew on 652405

October 2015 – Article 4 – HMO’s

CCC has voted in favour of HMO restrictions – meaning that landlords will need planning permission to convert houses for three or more people into Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).
Canterbury’s full council voted on the new laws at its meeting on Thursday night after an earlier committee had unexpectedly put them on hold. The decision to shelve the plans in July had been formally challenged by a breakaway group of councillors.
The full article published in the Kentish Gazette can be seen below
No longer available due to our site being hacked.

September 2015 = Club Chemistry – Late Night Opening until 6am

Some members in our area have complained on the late night opening and have asked SMACS to help fight their corner.
Any members wishing to make any objections can attend the council meeting on Tuesday 22 September 11am at the Guildhall.

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‘At Tuesday’s meeting (22/9/15) in the Guildhall, several local residents along with SMACS  attended the meeting who challenged the extension time at Club Chemistry and were successful in preventing the time being extended to 6am’

A follow-up article in the Kentish Gazette covers some of the meetings events can be seen below.

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September 2015 = KCC – Street Lighting

KCC are changing the street lighting over to LED lights and are asking people to comment or have your views on whether or not they should stay on or be part-time or dimmed etc. with a survey between 21 September and Sunday 29th November 2015.


Kent County Council has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED’s are significantly more efficient than the existing lights. Improvements in LED technology and a reduction in prices mean that LED lights are now the first choice for street lighting.

The work will involve changing the lantern on the existing column and will start early next year, 2016. We will begin by converting the lights in residential areas, which will take about fourteen months, followed by the main routes and town centres. The work will take around three years and when complete these changes could reduce our current energy and carbon emission costs by 60%, saving around £5.2m, each year.

As well as using much less energy, LED lights are more reliable and require less maintenance. When combined with a Central Management System (CMS) we will be able to monitor our energy use, detect faults, dim lights and control the time that the lights turn on and off.

What is the purpose of the consultation

As the new LED / CMS technology is more flexible, we have the opportunity to review the way that we provide street lighting. We want to hear your views on the options for street lighting across the county. Your responses will be used to inform the Council Members’ decision making process for a new street lighting policy.

We would like to know which of the following options you would prefer:

  • Part-night lighting – the current level of service
  • All-night lighting

Along with these options we are also seeking your views on the dimming of street lights when roads are less busy.

What do you need to know

The Consultation Document explains the changes that have been made so far and provides more details on the future street lighting options.

The Consultation Document is also available in Easy Read and Word formats and along with the Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) and Frequently Asked Questions can be downloaded from the ‘Consultation Documents’ section below.

Have your say

No decisions have been taken and we want to hear what you think of these options. Please let us know by filling in the online questionnaire, which can be found in the ‘Respond to this Consultation’ section below.

Alternatively, print and complete the consultation questionnaire at the back of the Consultation Document and return using the Freepost address: Freepost KCC STREET LIGHT CONSULTATION.

Hard copies of the consultation document are available from your local Library, Gateway or on request via e-mail to

This consultation will run for ten weeks, from Monday 21 September to Sunday 29 November 2015 (inclusive). The deadline for all responses is Sunday 29 November 2015.

Alternative formats

If you require any of the consultation documents in another format please request these via email to or by telephone on 03000 421553 (text relay 18001 03000 421553). This number is monitored during office hours and there is an answering machine at other times.

See web site KCC

Beer Cart Lane Corner site:

The Beer Cart Lane corner site will be shortly be completed and the first occupant is expected to move in at the end of October and an article in the Gazette provides some information and details of the 1 million plus penthouse.

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Some further pictures of the views from the penthouse are shown below of the cathedral, Hawks Lane, Dane John Mount , Heritage Centre (Stour Street, Stour Court, and the Balcony terrace with the Marlowe theatre in the back.

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June 2015

The ‘Summer Party that we were considering to celebrate the ‘Magna Carta’ will not be taking place this year.

The extra tour of Rochester Cathedral conducted by Dr. John Arnold will not be taking place due to Greenwich University graduation.

The Old Tannery building.

Builders are hoping to start work in the next 2 months (e.g. August/September).

October 2015 Still not complete

Dane John Tea room is now open and the new owners have made some good improvements and looks good and welcome site

The current Peugeot Garage development plan has been withdrawn.

News from Visit Kent web site – Kent Garden of England


Following the first survey that we conducted regarding the impact of Operation Stack a few weeks ago we now would be grateful, as a matter of urgency, if you could update us on your situation.

Visit Kent is seriously concerned about the long term impact of Operation Stack on the image of Kent. We need your help to provide a strong evidence base so we can lobby national and regional bodies for extra resources to help us support our tourism business at a difficult time.

To help us ensure that our industry has a voice, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey, that should not take you more than 5 minutes to fill in.

To access the survey, please click here.

The deadline for submission is Friday 14th August 2015.

Thank you for your support.

The Lord Mayor’s Award

The awards are given to people living in the district in recognition of their selfless acts for the benefit of individuals or the community.

Nominations open on Wednesday 27 May and close on Wednesday 8 July. Entries will be judged by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Sally Waters, and a representative from each of thepolitical groups at the city council. The awards will be presented at a council meeting in October this year.

For more information contact the Lord Mayor’s office or call 01227 862 080.


  • To qualify for an award the candidate must live in the Canterbury district and must not be a Canterbury City Council elected councillor or employee.
  • All qualifying nominations will be accepted and considered. There will be nodiscrimination on the grounds of age, sex, race, colour, sexual orientation or any other reason.
  • Canterbury City Council reserves the right to conduct its own background researchinto the nominations where appropriate.
  • Nominations will be considered by a judging panel made up of the Lord Mayor and a representative from each of the political groups of Canterbury City Council.
  • A maximum of three awards will be made in any one year. Each nomination will be given equal consideration.
  • The panel will meet soon after the deadline for the receipt of nominations and will make the final decision.
  • Successful nominees will be notified after this date, and asked if they accept the award. Details will remain confidential until any public announcement is made.
  • A presentation ceremony will take place in September 2015. Please note that photographs taken at the ceremony may be used for publicity purposes, but only with prior consent.
  • Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect from you. We will only use the information you supply to us for the reason that you provided it.

    Dane John Tea room to re-open in April after the winter closure and a little refit.

    Canterbury Heritage Museum, Stour Street has re-opened for the Summer. Free entry with My Canterbury card.

    Tower House in the Westgate gardens has been granted a licence for alcohol for functions although the times have been restricted.