Kent continues to support the military

Kent’s support for the military has been reinforced at a conference, whose aims included ensuring that those who have served in the armed forces and their families are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. The annual conference was organised by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board, with about 150 attendees sharing…

Kent libraries get funding for ‘digital playgrounds’

Kent’s libraries have secured funding of more than £104,000 from Arts Council England to create technological and innovative spaces for children living in disadvantaged areas. The ‘Digital Playground’ initiative was presented to Arts Council England by KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service as a way to help children to explore their creativity through the use…

New Maidstone gyratory system officially opened

The new Maidstone gyratory system has officially been opened today (Thursday). Two trees were planted by the steps leading up the crossing on Bishops Way. Attending were KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour and the Mayor of Maidstone Derek Butler. Mr Balfour said: “We have brought together a really good partnership, Maidstone…

Challenger Troop benefits from chairman’s charity

Challenger Troop, an award-winning organisation which assists young people across the county, has benefited from a £1,500 donation from KCC Chairman Tom Gates’ charity fund-raising activities over the past year. The charity delivers engagement and leadership programmes to 7-18-year-olds through military ethos programmes, which offer experiences and opportunities for personal challenges, team-building and leadership training.…

Kent Invicta Award for auctioneer Clive

Auctioneer Clive Emson has received the prestigious Kent Invicta Award from the county council for his work supporting various charities and promoting businesses in Kent. He was presented with the award by KCC Chairman Tom Gates at the full council meeting, following a nomination from leader Paul Carter supported by all political parties. Mr Gates…

Tackling skills shortages in Kent

Kent County Council is endeavouring to help tackle the shortage of particular skills in Kent business by bringing together eight employer guilds to encourage young people to work in these industries. Employers met with training colleges and schools on Tuesday 21 March to highlight the issues at a conference which was the first of its…

KCC launches Keep Kent Clean campaign

The weekend of the Great British Spring Clean might be over but Kent County Council shows no signs of slowing down in getting the garden of England to live up to its name. Around 120 litter picks were carried out across Kent by volunteers, and our Community Wardens, Country Parks and Highways teams were involved…