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

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