KCC’s £200,000 to support charities during pandemic

KCC is urging the county’s smaller charities to take advantage of an emergency fund launched by the Kent Community Foundation, which the county council has already supported with a grant of £200,000. The Foundation has said it will be supporting charities and community groups facing difficulties as their fundraising activities are affected by the government…

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KCC’s Trading Standards Checked scheme launched

Kent County Council has launched its Trading Standards Checked scheme for businesses in the home repair and improvement sector. Trading Standards Checked helps protect Kent residents – especially those who are more vulnerable to doorstep callers – from criminal and rogue traders. It also supports legitimate businesses by giving them trusted accreditation to show consumers…

Do you have a story to tell about the Channel Tunnel?

Kent residents are being asked to help with a countywide history project about the Channel Tunnel. The Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone already holds a fascinating collection demonstrating the various processes carried out when planning the tunnel itself and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The records there include items ranging from archaeological reports…

Government chooses Discovery Park as life sciences zone

Discovery Park, the thriving science park for ambitious and growing life sciences companies near Sandwich, has been named a Life Sciences Opportunity Zone (LSOZ) by the Government’s Office for Life Sciences. This designation reflects the park’s strengths and growth potential, particularly across advanced manufacturing, digital and artificial intelligence in healthcare. As one of six new LSOZs…

Kent’s great benefit from rural broadband plans

Rural areas across Kent are at the forefront of plans to make ultrafast, ultra-reliable and future-proof broadband available in the South East. Of 63 market towns and villages included in plans announced by Openreach, 26 are in Kent. Openreach’s previously-stated target is to reach four million homes and businesses with ‘full fibre’ technology by the…

Residents thanked for patience over library works

Tonbridge residents have been thanked for their patience while extensive improvement works were carried out on the town’s main library. A partial closure of one lane of Avebury Avenue was put in place by Kent Highways while sandblasting of exterior walls and window-replacement were taking place. KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Michael Payne, who represents…

KCC launches new Select Committee on Affordable Housing

Kent County Council’s Affordable Housing Select Committee has held its first meeting and agreed its terms of reference. The topic had been proposed by Mrs Trudy Dean and added to the work programme. In July, the Scrutiny Committee confirmed the establishment of the Select Committee, with the remit to undertake a review of the key issues…

Beware the unlicensed waste collectors

Op Assist, the multi-agency crackdown on fly-tipping across the county has been recording a number of successes. Over the past few months, officers from local authorities, have been working together with the police and other agencies,  carrying out days of action to deter illegal dumping and identify unlicensed waste collectors. Kent County Council is investing…

£49.8million relief road moves a step closer

Plans for a relief road of the A28 through Birchington, Acol and Westgate-on-Sea have received backing from the government and will now move on to the next stage of development. A bid to fund the £49.8 million project was submitted following a request from the government in December for regions to agree their priorities for improving the Major Road Network – the country’s…

‘Hot foam’ trial on highways weed control

KCC Highways is carrying out trials of “hot foam technology” as part of the council’s commitment to look at alternative methods of weed control on the county’s roads and footpaths. Members have expressed concern over the safety of using weed-killer sprays containing glyphosate because of suggestions that the chemical could be linked to some forms…