KCC backs Foster Care Fortnight

Kent County Council (KCC) needs more than 150 new households to join its team of foster carers and help change the future of vulnerable children in the county. The Local Authority is backing Foster Care Fortnight 2018, the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign which runs until May 27. Lucy Buck, 48 and from Folkestone,…

KCC launches campaign to help children cross safely

Three in four crashes involving children on Kent’s roads are because of youngsters not looking properly before they cross. Child pedestrians are consistently shown to be at their most vulnerable between the ages of 11 and 16 as this is often when, with increasing independence, they begin their first solo pedestrian journeys on potentially unfamiliar routes.…

KCC business scheme recognised at national awards

A KCC scheme to help businesses invest in technology to help battle climate change has been recognised at an awards ceremony. The Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) Project was selected as runner-up by the President of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) Awards. The three-year LoCASE project has,…

Soap storyline leads to reminder of ‘Release the Pressure’ helpline

As Coronation Street highlights the story of a male suicide in its programmes this week, Kent residents are being reminded of a 24/7 freephone helpline as part of its ‘Release the Pressure’ campaign. The tragic plot has followed Aidan Connor’s changing behaviour over the past few months which includes financial and relationship issues before culminating…

Later opening trial at Tovil HWRC

To help alleviate an increase in usage, Tovil Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) will be open for longer two days a week. Over the past few weeks the site on Burial Ground Lane has seen an excess of 2,000 cars a day. Unfortunately, the increase in use is having a knock-on effect to the…

KCC keen for traffic data ahead of Lower Thames Crossing

Kent County Council has received reassurance from Highways England that traffic modelling data expected last year will be available soon. Uncertainty over how Kent’s roads will cope with the new Lower Thames Crossing prompted KCC’s Cabinet Member for Transport Mike Whiting to write to government expressing his concerns. Mr Whiting said: “We believe the crossing…