KCC backs commuters over threat to high-speed trains

KCC has put its weight behind a campaign by Maidstone commuters who are mounting a last-ditch attempt to save high-speed train services to London. More than 2,200 people have delivered a petition to the Department for Transport opposing plans to scrap the early-morning journeys from Maidstone West to St Pancras International. Commuters say the proposed…

KCC unveils new changing place at County Hall

New changing and toilet facilities to help people with disabilities have been unveiled at County Hall in Maidstone. More than 250,000 people in Kent have a disability which limits their day-to-day activities. Graham Gibbens, KCC’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health said: “I am really delighted a changing places facility is now…

County Cabinet Reshuffle Announced

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has announced changes to his Cabinet including new appointments in portfolios for Finance, Strategic Commissioning and Public Health. The reshuffle comes after John Simmonds resigned from his post as Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health. Deputy Leader of KCC, Peter Oakford, becomes Cabinet Member for…

KCC continues work on £7.5 million pothole blitz

There’s a whole lot of holes being filled on the county’s roads as Kent County Council continues its £7.5 million pothole blitz. Since March 1, KCC has filled in 45,635 potholes and carried out 108,615sqm of resurfacing where multiple potholes were found. The issue remains the number one priority for Highways and dedicated teams are…

Request for Judicial Review thrown out by High Court Judge

A request for a judicial review by Maidstone Borough Council into how Kent County Council released funds for a road project has been thrown out by a High Court Judge. KCC requested that Maidstone Borough Council release £200,000 of developer contributions for surveys into the possibility of a Leeds-Langley by-pass. The money would be used…

Community Alcohol Partnership launched in Tonbridge

The county’s latest Community Alcohol Partnership has been launched in Tonbridge, following similar projects in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Herne Bay and Snodland. Representatives from a range of agencies gathered at Tonbridge Castle to mark the launch of the scheme which is aimed at preventing underage drinking through a mix of education, enforcement, community engagement and by…

Latest on the A26 Tonbridge Road sinkhole

Work to stabilise and make safe the sinkhole on Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, began last Tuesday using a specialised technique. Compaction grouting involves drilling into the ground and injecting cement at varying depths to compact and solidify the soil. The sinkhole measures 20 metres long by 12 metres wide – about the size of a tennis…

KCC to start work on drain cleaning blitz in Tunbridge Wells

A drain cleaning blitz will begin in Tunbridge Wells next week, Kent County Council has announced. The authority, which is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the drains and pipework connecting to the public sewers, said work will begin from July 23. During the programme, parking restrictions and possibly some out of hours road…

Performance review highlights commitment to environment

Every emergency call to Kent Highways has been dealt with within two hours, a report to Kent County Council has revealed. The findings are part of a performance review of the environment and transport departments and will go before the authority’s Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee on Friday (July 13). The report shows 94% of…