Alert issued as Storm Gareth blows in

A ‘yellow’ wind warning has been issued by the MET Office,. This warns of a medium likelihood of low impacts and is in place from noon today (Tuesday) through to 3pm tomorrow (Wednesday). The strong west to north-westerly winds could bring possible transport disruption. What to expect: Probably some bus and train services affected, with…

March into Spring with a Free Health MOT

NHS One You teams are busy this March with a series of special events across Kent, providing free on-the-spot Health Checks and health ‘MOTs’ in local venues including high streets and shopping centres. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s One You advisors are teaming up with Wellbeing People this month to offer Health Checks in…

National secondary school offer day

More than 95% of children will receive an offer from one of their four preferences after more families than ever before applied for a secondary school place in Kent. A total of 21,473 applications were received, up 3.58% on last year’s cohort, while the number of Kent applicants rose from 17,442 in 2018 to 17,959…

KCC rises to latest budget challenge

KCC Leader Paul Carter has paid tribute to the council’s staff who had helped produce the budget for the coming financial year, despite huge further cutbacks in monies from central government. After producing savings of £640 million over the past eight years, the council has risen to the challenge of finding another £73 million to…

Blue badge cheat faces £750 bill after Counter Fraud Team prosecution

Kent County Council’s Counter Fraud Team has secured its first prosecution as it cracks down on blue badge misuse in the county. Laura Halford, of Watling Street, Dartford, appeared before magistrates where she admitted fraudulently using her grandmother’s blue badge to park in disabled parking spaces. The 31-year-old was handed a three-year conditional discharge and…

Kent young person speaks at HeadStart parliamentary event on mental health

A teenager from Kent has spoken in Parliament about her own mental health struggles and the importance of involving young people in shaping and improving the services that support them. On Tuesday, February 5, four young people, from Folkestone, Ashford and The Canterbury High School, attended a Parliamentary event on the mental health of young…

Satisfaction at Kent’s household waste sites at 99%

Customer satisfaction surveys held at Kent’s waste and recycling centres has found 99% of users are happy with the service they receive. A new report released by Kent County Council into feedback for its Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) found they are performing extremely well. The waste management team is responsible for operating 18…