Extra funding for local government

The Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter has welcomed the extra funding for local government announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The final settlement has seen £150 million of additional resources allocated to local authorities across the UK, of which £3.9m will go to social care in Kent. Mr Carter said: “This funding, secured…

Consultation on changes to homelessness support services

Changes to homelessness services which would see the county’s vulnerable residents receive fairer and more consistent support are to be considered during a public consultation. Kent County Council (KCC) commissions supported housing, outreach for rough sleepers and floating support to enable residents to avoid or recover from homelessness. It also provides help with tenancies, benefits…

St Clements Way, Greenhithe Improvement Scheme

A multi-million pound scheme to ease congestion on a route between Dartford and Greenhithe has begun. The A206 St Clements Way is located on the important A226 strategic route between Dartford and Gravesend and provides links to the A2 and Dartford Crossing and access to the Bluewater and the Crossways retail parks. Substantial new development…

Public Health East Kent Statement

Kent health experts are urging users of illicit recreational drugs to be vigilant following a number of hospital admissions. Kent Police, health providers and Kent County Council’s Public Health team are investigating a number of incidents after East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust treated 11 patients in the past two weeks. Clinicians are concerned…

Consultation launched into Gravesend cycle route

Kent County Council is today (Monday) launching a consultation into plans for a signed cycle route in Gravesend, between Gravesend Train Station and Cyclopark. The proposed cycle route aims to provide a quieter alternative to the existing cycle lane on the busy A227, which is used predominantly by experienced cyclists. By offering a quieter alternative,…

£9.5 million road scheme officially opens

Work on a £9.5 million link road scheme in Gravesend has been officially opened by KCC Chairman David Brazier. The link road, running between Stone Street and Darnley Road, is two-way and has a pavement for both pedestrians and cyclists to easily reach the station. It crosses the old Rathmore Road car park which still…

Make a difference with Shared Lives

Can you open your home and heart to an adult who needs your support? If so, Kent County Council’s Shared Lives service wants to hear from you. Kent Shared Lives is hosting information meetings explaining how to become a host, a paid role supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, sensory impairment or…

Work begins on Ashford International platforms for new trains

Work has begun to prepare Ashford International’s high-speed platforms for new trains which will safeguard direct high-speed international services from Ashford. Network Rail is already installing new signalling equipment to allow Eurostar’s e320 trains – and potentially any other operator’s next generation high speed trains – to access the station. Now the firm’s engineers are…