Residents asked for views on country parks’ future

KCC is asking for residents’ views on the future plans for its country parks by launching a public consultation on its strategy for the next four years Seven of Kent’s country parks have just received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. However, KCC wants to improve…

Grosvenor Bridge has reopened

Grosvenor Bridge has reopened today (Friday) ahead of schedule following work by Kent County Council. The authority says work throughout July switched from the vital structural reconstruction works below the bridge to the resurfacing works above. The road and footpath has now been completely resurfaced and has now reopened – having previously been planned for…

Views sought on Tonbridge Road Pembury Cycle Route

Views are being sought on a new shared pedestrian and cycle route joining A21 Longfield Road junction at North Farm roundabout to Tunbridge Wells Hospital. The route would then link into an existing pedestrian/cycle route to Tunbridge Wells town centre. The route will link into Highways England’s “non-motorised user” route being constructed next to the…

Silver award for KCC’s support for the military

Kent County Council’s support for ex-service personnel and Reservists has been recognised today with the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Silver Award – only six months after receiving the bronze award. KCC says it appreciates the valuable contribution that Reservists make to the UK Armed Forces, their communities and the workplace and offers 10 days’…

Thorough review of KCC buildings to check for fire risks

An extensive review of all KCC buildings, begun immediately after the Grenfell Towers tragedy on 13 June, has so far revealed no serious concerns about the cladding on any premises. The primary focus of the survey was to: Identify the possible presence of Aluminium Composite Material cladding (ACM) as used on Grenfell Tower with samples…

Children walk to school bold as brass

It’s not every day you get to walk to school to the sound of a brass band. For the children of St Francis primary school in Maidstone, marching the route to the gates with a trumpet, tuba, drum and a trombone in tow was the culmination of an active journeys competition. Throughout May, Kent County…

Kent set for 10 Minute Shake Up

Schoolchildren across Kent are gearing up for the 10 Minute Shake Up – a national campaign aimed at getting children to be more active. Public Health England has launched its 10 minute shake-up campaign in Kent in time for the summer holidays – encouraging primary school children to do more exercise with a little bit of…

Term-time holidays fines fall

The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools has reduced again this year. From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop is as a result in a change of policy to prosecute…