Platinum Jubilee: Archbishop of Canterbury pulls out due to Covid and pneumonia

30 May 2022 at 13:38 | Updated: 30 May 2022, 14:28 The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has dropped out of the Queen’s Jubilee service. Picture: Alamy The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has pulled out of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral due to having Covid-19 and pneumonia. Lambeth Palace said … Read more

Whitstable Airbnb owner defends holiday lets as 87% of residents concerned about huge increase

A councillor who owns an Airbnb insists they have “positive impacts”, after a survey showed 87% of residents are concerned about the huge increase. Residents have long-raised concerns about Whitstable being jam-packed with second homes and holiday lets – with neighbors complaining about the lack of community. But Airbnb owners have defended their properties, saying … Read more

Chartham Paper Mill staff left in tears after losing jobs as owner Arjowiggins placed into administration

Shocked staff working for a 284-year-old business that has plunged into administration were left in tears as they were told their jobs had been axed. Sixty-seven people were made redundant on Friday as Chartham Paper Mill, near Canterbury, called in insolvency specialists from firm Interpath Advisory. Former Chartham Paper Mill worker Nicholas Harrison Among them … Read more

Poor Canterbury phone signal leaves street traders abandoning card payments

Network coverage in one Kent high street is so poor that some street traders have been forced to abandon card payments. Poor phone signal in Canterbury has long frustrated residents and visitors alike, with the city center often branded a “blackout zone”. Frankie Fernando, owner of The Gourmet Sausage and Burger Company, says the lack … Read more

Canterbury City Council defers decision on 4,000-home Mountfield Park scheme

A bid to build a sprawling development of 4,000 homes has been delayed once again following a fiery debate fueled by opposition councillors and members of the public. The controversial Mountfield Park scheme to the south of Canterbury was the subject of a High Court battle that ended with the city council having to withdraw … Read more

Nights out in Canterbury – is city a safe place after dark?

With fears over knife crime and sexual harassment, is Canterbury still a safe place to go out after dark? Part-time bartender Lotte Brundle describes some of the shocking things she has seen and heard… Walking home through Canterbury city center at night is a “frightening prospect” Recently Canterbury at night has taken on a completely … Read more

Plans spark fears village being swallowed up by huge developments

Families living on a housing estate built almost 100 years ago fear their community is being swallowed up by huge developments on surrounding land. Residents in ‘old’ Hersden – a former mining village on the edge of Canterbury – are already braced for 620 new homes on two sites across the other side of the … Read more

The Korean Cowgirl in Canterbury closes after ‘clerical error’ meant it could not serve alcohol

A hugely popular restaurant has suddenly closed following an “innocent clerical error” which meant it could not serve alcohol. The Korean Cowgirl launched in Palace Street, Canterbury, six years ago and is known for its fusion of oriental cuisine with Texas-style BBQ food. The Korean Cowgirl in Canterbury But bosses have confirmed they have shut … Read more

The struggle to find a flat to rent in Canterbury

When KentOnline reporter James Pallant set out to find a flat to rent in Canterbury, he had high hopes. But with properties getting snapped up almost immediately, he grew increasingly desperate – and was soon ready to take anything with four walls… James Pallant recently got a job for KentOnline in Canterbury – but has … Read more