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Podcast: Herne Bay restaurant ordered to remove glass enclosure by council

The owner of a popular restaurant in Herne Bay has been ordered to take down a glass enclosure around an outside seating area.

Mehmet Dari erected the ‘extension’ outside the front of A La Turka in Central Parade, Herne Bay, in the summer of 2019.

Following a Canterbury City Council probe he was forced to apply for retrospective permission for the glazed shelter, which has a capacity for 30 customers. 

Also in today’s podcast, the parents of a baby who died after choking at a nursery in Ashford have been praised in parliament for their bravery.

Nine-month-old Oliver Steeper passed away in hospital six days after the incident in September last year.

His mum and dad started a petition, against plans to relax laws around the staff to children ratio.

Kent County Council have written to the government warning they could go bankrupt within the next couple of years, unless they get more financial support.

Their budget is apparently at “breaking point” and it’s feared cutting vital services will affect the most vulnerable in society.

After the people behind the idea for a massive theme park in north Kent withdrew their plans – a new vision for the land has been put forward.

The Swanscombe Peninsula is home to endangered and rare species of plants and insects. We hear from a local councillor and a campaigner from the Swanscombe Peninsula Group.

Plus, Gillingham welcome AFC Fylde to Priestfield tonight for their FA Cup first round replay.

It finished 1-1 last time the sides met. We chat to Gills boss Neil Harris.