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

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

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

Automatic anti-terror bollards in Canterbury have IMPALED 79 vehicles since they were installed

Bollards have impaled almost 80 cars, including a police vehicle, in Canterbury after they were fitted as an anti-terrorist device. The 3ft tall bollards, which were installed in the city center and suddenly rise up out of the road surface, have backfired with motorists – including the police – facing hefty repair bills. They were … 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