‘Hot foam’ trial on highways weed control

KCC Highways is carrying out trials of “hot foam technology” as part of the council’s commitment to look at alternative methods of weed control on the county’s roads and footpaths. Members have expressed concern over the safety of using weed-killer sprays containing glyphosate because of suggestions that the chemical could be linked to some forms…

Have your say on the future of Minnis Community Hub  

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched an eight–week consultation about the future of services for older people at Minnis Community Hub. KCC has been exploring the way forward for the day service at Minnis Community Hub and now seeks the views of service users on the future of services that are delivered at the centre.…

Kent County Council hosts ‘Art in Mind’ – an exhibition on mental health  

An exhibition highlighting the therapeutic value of art in managing mental health issues is being held at County Hall, Maidstone this month. The display, entitled ‘Art in Mind’ will see the art gallery next to the Stone Hall filled with drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and papier-mâché from Monday, September 23, until October 11. Organisations taking…

Kent Local Area SEND plan given thumbs up by education and health chiefs

Education and health bosses have voiced their approval for plans for future SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) provision in Kent. Kent County Council and the NHS submitted a joint Written Statement of Action (WSoA) to Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the CQC (Care Quality Commission), which has now been…

KCC encourages volunteering opportunities in libraries

Kent libraries is encouraging people to volunteer at one of the county’s 99 libraries. At a committee meeting last week, members heard that last year 1,119 volunteers gave over 45,000 hours of their time adding value to the Kent libraries and archives. Head of Service Libraries, Registration & Archives James Pearson, said: “We are extremely…