Lorry parking ban pilot project ends

Communities will continue to be protected from illegal HGV parking despite central government’s decision not to extend Kent County Council’s current temporary powers to deter the growing problem, KCC’s Head of Highways has pledged. The County Council was initially given the authority to clamp and fine unlawfully parked trucks over five tonnes in restricted zones…

Council leader thanks ‘brilliant volunteers’ for being there ‘when Kent needed you most’

From delivering shopping to clinically vulnerable residents required to shield, to having a socially-distanced doorstep catch-up with someone feeling isolated and anxious in lockdown, volunteers have been unsung heroes of Kent’s response to the pandemic over the past year. Now Kent County Council is taking time in national Volunteers’ Week to say a heartfelt ‘thank…

Dial in for free Brexit business advice

Kent businesses needing help to navigate new trade rules will be able to put their queries directly to experts – including Kent County Council Trading Standards. Hosted by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday’s EU Transition: Ask the Experts’ free zoom webinar, 10.30am-12.30pm, is designed to be highly interactive with the content of the…

Free Brexit advice for Kent businesses

Kent County Council’s Trading Standards Officers are offering free specialist advice to local firms needing help to do business with the EU. The move to provide no-cost regulatory guidance to businesses via a dedicated advice line on 03333 602300 has been made possible thanks to a Kent and Medway Growth Hub grant. Open Monday-Friday (9am-6pm),…

Everyone counts in Census 2021

Kent residents are being reminded the 2021 Census is coming and that it is important to take part because the information it collects helps plan the services, like new hospitals, schools and GP surgeries, we need. The unique survey happens once a decade, providing a snapshot of every person and household in England and Wales.…

Council Tax help for Kent’s most in need

A further £6million of emergency COVID funding will be used to help Kent’s struggling households pay their Council Tax. The move proposed by Kent County Council at last week’s annual Budget meeting, and now approved, means all existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) working-age households will automatically have their 2021-22 Council Tax reduced by £50…