Lord Lieutenant of Kent hails “heart-warming” volunteering achievements of quartet of Queen’s Award winners

Four organisations doing amazing volunteering work for their community have been honoured with a royal seal of approval. Broadstairs Town Team, Nourish Community Food Bank (Tunbridge Wells), Home-start Medway, and the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne have each been chosen to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They are among 230 charities, social…

Kent’s empty homes scheme – breaking new ground

No Use Empty, Kent County Council’s award-winning empty homes initiative has announced a new £12 million fund to bring derelict sites back to life. The scheme provides loans to developers to bring derelict land and empty homes back into use. No Use Empty already has several new projects in the pipeline in Dover, Folkestone and…

Over 26,000 slots booked for HWRCs

Kent’s residents have made full use of the new booking system for the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Over 26,000 slots were booked for the first nine days of availability with new slots being released a day at a time to maintain the nine-day window. Over 11,000 visits were made to Kent’s 18 HWRCs in…

Maintenance work carried out on Grove Ferry Bridge

Maintenance work has been carried out on the Grove Ferry Bridge earlier than planned due to lockdown. The bridge, first renovated by KCC back in 2000, needed a new waterproofing layer and surfacing. Work was brought forward after KCC and maintenance contractor Amey took the lockdown opportunity to review its programme of work and carry…

HWRCs reopen today – book and know the rules

The majority of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) reopen today (Friday) for those who have booked a slot. Strict new rules are in place to not only protect staff but those using one of the county’s 18 HWRC sites as well. Since Wednesday, over 15,000 people have booked a slot either online…

Waste & Recycling sites – booking Wednesday, open Friday

Booking to use Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres starts tomorrow (Wednesday). People can book a slot either online at www.kent.gov.uk/hwrcbook or by phone on 03000 417373 from 11am on Wednesday. Depending on demand, you may be placed into a virtual queue. Government advice about essential visits to HWRCs is that journeys must only…

Kent’s Household Waste & Recycling Centres to open

From next Friday (May 15), Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use. On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. People can…

Blueprint for Kent Waste and Minerals Approved

An independent report from the Planning Inspectorate has endorsed Kent County Council’s approach to the management of waste and supply of minerals in Kent. Kent County Council has been preparing two key Local Plans – one sets out areas which are suitable for sand and gravel quarries and the other includes details on how and…

Kent Biodiversity Strategy approved

A strategy for Kent’s natural environment, with the vision of a county thriving with wildlife and plants, has been approved by Kent’s environment champion. KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey approved the Kent Biodiversity Strategy which aims to ensure the county’s natural environment regains and retains good health. Kent has a rich and varied…