KCC launches videophone system for vulnerable residents

About 2,000 elderly or vulnerable residents will benefit from an initiative by KCC to provide them with a unique videophone system. The council has commissioned assistive care technology provider Alcove to roll out digital support packages across the county, in one of the country’s largest programmes to support adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The £1.5million…

Moving Forward for Kent campaign is launched

An exciting new campaign has been launched to help get the Kent economy back on its feet again and support businesses and residents in Kent. Moving Forward for Kent, which is being rolled out by Kent County Council and supported by organisations including Visit Kent, Produced in Kent and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, is…

Licence for outside tables and chairs extended

Businesses that are due to renew their licence for outside tables and chairs will have their licence extended until the end of August by Kent Highways. This goodwill gesture comes as the government switches the responsibility for street furniture licensing from Kent County Council to district and borough councils. Those who need to renew in…

Kent Travel Saver update

Now that the Government has issued advice regarding return to school, KCC has agreed how best to compensate those who purchased the Kent Travel Saver, but have not been able to use the pass whilst schools have been closed. For those customers paying either by monthly direct debits or in full at the start of…

Plans for gradual reopening of Kent libraries announced

Following the Government’s latest announcements to ease lockdown restrictions, Kent County Council will start a phased reopening of its libraries from Monday, 13 July, with a new ‘Select and Collect’ service that will temporarily replace bookshelf browsing. The reopening will initially start with 12 of the county’s main town centre libraries and will focus primarily…

Kent businesses can apply to trial an electric vehicle

Kent businesses can apply to trial an electric vehicle for up to two months to see how the switch to electric could benefit their business and Kent’s environment. Kent County Council has secured £1.5 million in funding from Highways England to provide 50 electric vans and 12 new electric vehicle charging points for the two-year…

Speed limits are not targets to hit

As the coronavirus lockdown begins to lift and more people are getting back into their cars, Kent County Council is reminding them that speed limits are not a target. There have been 213 collisions on Kent’s roads over the last five years, resulting in 336 casualties – including 58 people who were killed or seriously…

£1.6 million awarded for active travel schemes

Kent County Council has welcomed news that government has awarded £1.6 million to help make active travel easier. The Department for Transport cash is specifically to invest in walking and cycling initiatives across the county. Among those schemes now to be put in place within the next eight weeks by Kent Highways are: improvements to…