John Simmonds steps down from KCC cabinet position

It has been announced today that Cllr John Simmonds MBE has resigned as KCC Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health. Mr Simmonds was elected to the County Council in June 2001 as the Conservative Member for Canterbury North, representing villages around Canterbury including Blean and Hackington. He now represents Canterbury West following boundary…

Reminding drivers about school crossing patrols

Kent County Council is reminding drivers about their responsibilities to stop for school crossing patrols. The authority is bringing in a new incident reporting process so that it now gathers information about all incidents of ‘failed to stop’ and refers them to the police to take action. School crossing patrols have a legal right to…

Work on Tonbridge station starts July 25

A half a million-pound scheme to improve the pavements and roads around Tonbridge Station will start later this month. The project, funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, starts on July 25 and will see: • widening the footpath leading to the station entrance to create more space for pedestrians • new signalled crossings…

Hero award for KCC Trading Standards officer

KCC Trading Standards Officer Neil Butcher has been awarded the prestigious Hero Award by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), for his exceptional work tackling under-age drinking and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour. Neil has worked with great dedication to bring together a broad range of partners to tackle underage drinking in Kent and has helped set…

Private Fostering Week – don’t ignore it

The number of people notifying Kent County Council (KCC) about private fostering arrangements has reached a ten-year high. Private foster carers are people who look after a child under 16 (or under 18 with disabilities) full-time for 28 consecutive days or more and are not a parent or close relative. Those planning to care or…

Work begins on £6.65 million scheme on Lower Road, Sheppey

Work has begun on a £6.65 million scheme to improve the A2500 Lower Road on the Isle of Sheppey. The first phase will see a roundabout constructed replacing the existing traffic light-controlled junction between Lower Road and Barton Hill Drive. The roundabout has been designed to include a fourth turning off point, which could provide…