Illegal tobacco seized from hidden hole in shop ceiling

Boxes of suspected counterfeit e-cigarettes were seized from a concealed storage space above a ceiling at a Maidstone business as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade. The contraband was recovered at the premises in Knightrider Street on Wednesday (19 January 2022) during a joint operation involving police and Kent County Council…

Public thanked as KRF collective effort gets Kent through Shorts Straits festive rush

Kent’s residents and motorists have been thanked for their patience as Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) partners worked round-the-clock with Port of Dover and Eurotunnel over the pre-Christmas getaway weekend to help thousands of passengers get safely to their destination. Already a traditionally busy period for freight, as hauliers work to deliver goods and keep supermarket…

KCC cancels Full Council meeting

Kent County Council’s (KCC) Full Council meeting on Thursday 16 December has been cancelled as COVID infection rates continue to climb. Sharing the decision with Members on Wednesday (15 December), KCC Vice-Chairman Lesley Game said the move, in a rapidly evolving situation, followed consultation with all political Group Leaders. Kent County Council Vice-Chairman Lesley Game said:…

KCC Cabinet to review bold border vision as Leader calls for ‘County Deal’ for Kent’s EU gateway

A major upgrade of Kent’s continental border is needed to keep the UK’s vital supply and travel routes flowing. An innovative, long-term programme to create future-ready, and future-proofed, smart borders in Kent would also act as a catalyst for regeneration in the east of the county – helping to unlock jobs and housing, attract business…

New scheme to harness vital contribution of Kent’s amazing volunteers

An enthusiastic army of dedicated volunteers mobilised across Kent during the pandemic to help their local communities. Generously giving their time and skills to aid others, they provided vital assistance to the vulnerable, elderly and self-isolating, supporting frontline health services. Now Kent County Council (KCC) is launching a £170,000 grant-funded pilot initiative, in partnership with…

A row of new homes overlooking Thanet's Westgate Bay

Have your say on sustainable design for Kent’s built environment

All new infrastructure and developments in Kent and Medway should have net zero carbon emissions and use resources efficiently, under new-look design guidance published by Kent County Council, Medway Council, and Kent’s District and Borough Planning Authorities today. Communities must also be well connected both digitally, and through an effective network of footpaths, cycleways and…