Schools urged to continue with Covid-safety measures

Shellina Prendergast, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome back to school to all pupils, teachers and staff across Kent. I hope you all had a relaxing, enjoyable, and healthy summer break and are returning to the classroom refreshed and looking forward to the new school…

New system assists crackdown on Blue Badge abuse

Members of Kent County Council’s Counter Fraud Team have spent two days training Civil Enforcement Officers in two districts on a new system aimed at tackling the fraudulent use of the Disabled Persons’ Blue Badge scheme. Civil Enforcement Officers from both Dartford and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councils welcomed the introduction of a new mobile…

Funding to help young people to be more active

The Covid pandemic has had a huge impact on the ability for people to take part in and enjoy the sports they love. However, as lockdown restrictions eased, Kent Sport has distributed £327,000 of funding from The Department for Education to open-up school facilities out-of-hours to support young people and the local community to re-engage…

Illegal tobacco seized from Maidstone shops

Nearly 35,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in a series of visits to shops in Maidstone as part of Operation CeCe, a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC. Kent Police Community Safety Unit and Maidstone Borough Council’s Community Protection Team supported the initiative across two days of action.…

Double cause for celebration at Hythe Library

Hythe Library has reopened following extensive work to replace its heating system and now boasts an additional 130 books donated by three residents. Aimée Margott, Lianne Sandford and Laura Taylor felt moved to do something practical to address issues of inequality and discrimination. They decided the power of books was one way to help and…

Tribute to Olympic gold medal winner from Kent

KCC Chairman Ann Allen has paid tribute to Kate French, the 30-year-old from Meopham, who has today collected the gold medal for the modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. She won the event, which involves fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross country running, with an Olympic-record points total of 1,385. Millions of…

Programme for all remaining libraries to re-open

Plans are in place for Kent’s Libraries, Registration and Archives services to return to normal service following the government’s decision to ease Covid restrictions across the country from yesterday (19 July). KCC says it will be taking a “phased approach” to changes, beginning with 18 libraries reopening from the week beginning 26 July. The plan…

KCC leads on new business-support project

KCC is taking the lead in a new project providing support to businesses and individuals facing challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. C-Care is a cross-Channel Interreg project, led by KCC and run by four English and three French partner organisations, working with a wider network of stakeholders. Drawing on a range of expertise…

Digital autopsy facility gets the go-ahead

A new digital autopsy service in Kent to help determine the cause of death using 3D imaging and computer software has moved a step closer. Planning permission has been granted for the facility to be built on KCC’s former transport workshop site in Beddow Way on the Aylesford Industrial Estate. Autopsy services are currently carried…

KCC appoints new Armed Forces Champion

KCC has a new Armed Forces Champion in Oliver Richardson, who has been performing the same role for Dover District Council for the past 18 months. Mr Richardson served in the Welsh Guards from 1982 to 93, including service in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and the Gulf War, and has a son in the same…