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KCC’s Trading Standards Checked scheme launched

Kent County Council has launched its Trading Standards Checked scheme for businesses in the home repair and improvement sector. Trading Standards Checked helps protect Kent residents – especially those who are more vulnerable to doorstep callers – from criminal and rogue traders. It also supports legitimate businesses by giving them trusted accreditation to show consumers…

New rural transport schemes launched in Maidstone

Two new rural transport schemes have been launched in Maidstone. The new 13 and 59 feeder bus services began running on February 17, with the 13 serving Hollingbourne, Leeds, Langley Heath, and Otham. The 59 serves Grafty Green, Ulcombe, Kingswood, Chart Sutton and Boughton Monchelsea. Kent feeder buses link into the commercial network and are…

Volunteering Opportunities Launched For The 149th Open

Do you want to get involved in volunteering at The 149th Open, learn new skills with like-minded individuals, and give a warm welcome to Kent?  Key partners have launched the exciting new Event Makers programme to promote and coordinate volunteering opportunities as The Open returns to Royal St George’s in Sandwich. The programme follows the success of the…

Public Health England and Kent County Council statement on confirmed COVID-19 case in Kent

Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) are working with Kent County Council and NHS colleagues following a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The case is now in a treatment centre in London. Dr James Mapstone, Acting Regional Director, Public Health England South of England, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who…

Do you have a story to tell about the Channel Tunnel?

Kent residents are being asked to help with a countywide history project about the Channel Tunnel. The Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone already holds a fascinating collection demonstrating the various processes carried out when planning the tunnel itself and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The records there include items ranging from archaeological reports…

National Secondary Offer Day 2020

More than 94% of pupils will receive an offer from one of their four preferred schools this National Secondary Offer Day despite the number of families applying for places increasing by almost 1,000 in the last two years to the largest cohort ever. A total of 21,670 parents/carers applied for a place for their child…

Government chooses Discovery Park as life sciences zone

Discovery Park, the thriving science park for ambitious and growing life sciences companies near Sandwich, has been named a Life Sciences Opportunity Zone (LSOZ) by the Government’s Office for Life Sciences. This designation reflects the park’s strengths and growth potential, particularly across advanced manufacturing, digital and artificial intelligence in healthcare. As one of six new LSOZs…

Kent-wide campaign to reduce single-use plastics

This week, 13 Kent councils, including Kent County Council, will be uniting to reduce single-use plastics across the county. The local authorities are releasing a Facebook campaign across their channels including a competition showcasing reusable items as a viable alternative to single-use plastic. The week-long initiative will use vintage imagery and nostalgic messaging to ‘remember’…