New drainage engineers recruited

An investment in five new drainage engineers and a planned works team leader has been made by KCC to help tackle flood risks. The county authority looks after highway drainage which keeps water off the road and makes it safe for drivers and other road users. KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “By…

Committee recommends introducing charging for non-household waste

A recommendation to introduce charging for non-household waste at KCC’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) has been endorsed. The discussions at today’s Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee come following an eight-week consultation where almost 3,000 people responded. KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types…

KCC opening times over the Christmas holidays

Council services Local tip opening hours Kent Country Park opening hours Library opening hours Adult education class openings Gateway opening hours Rubbish collection and other district council information Social services – report abuse out of hours information Help in a crisis You can access some services online Renew your library book Report a problem on…

Tis the season to recycle

With only a few days until Christmas Day, Kent County Council is reminding people both artificial and real Christmas trees can be taken to household waste and recycling sites. Old decorations can also be taken, as seen at the Maidstone site where staff have been collecting discarded Christmas decorations over the last two years. They…

Make the right choice – don’t drink and drive

One drink will affect your ability to drive – this Christmas, Kent County Council is asking people to make the right choice and not drink and drive. In the last three years there have been 674 crashes on Kent’s roads where a driver was impaired by alcohol, resulting in more than 1,000 people being injured…

Northfleet School for Girls soaks up the solar power

One of the country’s biggest solar panel arrays on a school building has been installed at Northfleet School for Girls. At 180kWp, the panels, installed by SAS Energy, provide enough power for 30% of the school’s energy use. The school will save around £17,000 a year on its energy bill and will reduce its carbon emissions…

Review into 20mph schemes

A review into where 20mph schemes could be introduced has been ordered by the KCC cabinet member for transport. Mike Whiting has asked officers to prepare a report following government research into the schemes. Kent County Council funds 20mph limits and there are currently over 800 roads and streets covered. There is no separate funding…

Three-year strategy for Kent’s libraries

Kent residents have their chance to comment on a draft three-year strategy for the county’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service during a 10-week public consultation which opened on Wednesday (21 November). All of Kent’s libraries will continue to be maintained, although many could have their opening hours changed according to plans announced by the council.…

Consultation into Thanet bus changes

A consultation has been launched on changes to funding for three bus services in Thanet. The proposals could see the withdrawal of the 42/42A, 56 and 39/39A services. In its place would be new services and changes to existing commercial services along most sections of the routes. For the 39/39A service, people will be able…

Conservative HOLD in Canterbury by-election

Counting of the votes in the Kent County Council Canterbury North by-election has finished with the Conservatives holding the seat. Following the count at the Westgate Hall, Robert Thomas was elected as the KCC councillor for the division with 1,355 votes. Six candidates were on the ballot in yesterday’s election. The by-election was called following…