KCC rises to latest budget challenge

KCC Leader Paul Carter has paid tribute to the council’s staff who had helped produce the budget for the coming financial year, despite huge further cutbacks in monies from central government. After producing savings of £640 million over the past eight years, the council has risen to the challenge of finding another £73 million to…

Blue badge cheat faces £750 bill after Counter Fraud Team prosecution

Kent County Council’s Counter Fraud Team has secured its first prosecution as it cracks down on blue badge misuse in the county. Laura Halford, of Watling Street, Dartford, appeared before magistrates where she admitted fraudulently using her grandmother’s blue badge to park in disabled parking spaces. The 31-year-old was handed a three-year conditional discharge and…

Kent young person speaks at HeadStart parliamentary event on mental health

A teenager from Kent has spoken in Parliament about her own mental health struggles and the importance of involving young people in shaping and improving the services that support them. On Tuesday, February 5, four young people, from Folkestone, Ashford and The Canterbury High School, attended a Parliamentary event on the mental health of young…

Satisfaction at Kent’s household waste sites at 99%

Customer satisfaction surveys held at Kent’s waste and recycling centres has found 99% of users are happy with the service they receive. A new report released by Kent County Council into feedback for its Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) found they are performing extremely well. The waste management team is responsible for operating 18…

Repair and improvement programme for Kent’s footpaths

An extensive repair and improvement programme to clear vegetation from Kent’s footpaths has begun. Kent County Council look after trees, hedges, shrubs, flowers and grass verges in the county and deals with weeds on roads and pavements. Planned maintenance is carried out throughout the year but this new initiative aims to tackle pavements ensuring they…

KCC introduces new bus feedback scheme 

An opportunity for passengers to tell Kent County Council about their experiences of using bus services has been launched. KCC’s new Bus Feedback Portal is available at www.kent.gov.uk/busfeedback and allows people to provide details on their experiences of the services they use. This information can then be used by the council to try and improve…

KCC to plant trees in Brazil every time it prints

Kent County Council has become the first local authority in the UK to sign up to a free scheme meaning when documents are printed, a tree is planted. Working in partnership with our printing supplier, Xerox, we have gained this added benefit via their agreement with PrintReleaf to help reduce the loss of forests globally.…