Powerful solution at The Wyvern School

Pupils returning to The Wyvern School in Ashford this term have their electricity supplied by the power of the sun. Kent County Council’s environment champion Susan Carey visited the school to flick the switch for 320 solar panels. Wyvern School is a special school for children with severe, profound, and complex needs that caters for…

Self-employed urged to apply for grants

Self-employed people in Kent are being urged to check their eligibility for a Government grant worth up to £6,570. With a number of other Government grant schemes ending in August, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mike Whiting and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Jo James are urging self-employed people in Kent and…

‘Let’s Create’ packs ease lockdown pressures

Thousands of families across Kent have benefitted from “Let’s Create” packs specially designed to provide extra activities for schoolchildren affected by the Covid lockdown. Several KCC services collaborated to decide what kinds of materials would be of greatest benefit, especially to those families without access to a computer or similar device. Many others have to…

KCC announces new measures for school transport

Kent County Council has announced new measures that will allow pupils to travel to and from school safely when they return to the classroom next month. School transport guidance was provided by Government on 11 August, although KCC officers have been working since the lockdown began on preparing for a full return to school with…

More libraries and archives search room to reopen

A further 12 Kent Libraries will reopen over the course of week beginning 24 August. These will be the first libraries to also offer a socially-distanced book browsing service for customers so they can select books from the shelves. In the meantime, KCC has also announced the re-opening of the archive search room at the…

KCC Chairman joins Sheds project via Zoom

KCC Chairman Graham Gibbens joined a virtual meeting of the Step by Step Kent Sheds programme via Zoom earlier this month. The programme, originally started in 2014 to combat loneliness, social isolation and mental health problems, has had great success in moving to virtual meetings following the lockdown in March this year. However, even with…

£37million boost for eight projects across Kent and Medway

News that eight major capital projects in Kent and Medway are to receive funding of more than £37million from the government’s new Getting Building Fund has been welcomed across the county. Central government, working closely with local authorities and local enterprise partnerships, has produced an extensive package of measures that will drive economic recovery and…

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…

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…

KCC commits extra £1million to community warden service

Kent County Council has confirmed an additional £1 million investment for its frontline Kent Community Warden Service over the next two years. For 18 years the Kent community warden service (KCWS) has served local communities by preventing crime, supporting vulnerable residents and tackling social isolation.  It is a proactive and visible presence promoting stronger and…