Plans for gradual reopening of Kent libraries announced

Following the Government’s latest announcements to ease lockdown restrictions, Kent County Council will start a phased reopening of its libraries from Monday, 13 July, with a new ‘Select and Collect’ service that will temporarily replace bookshelf browsing. The reopening will initially start with 12 of the county’s main town centre libraries and will focus primarily…

Kent businesses can apply to trial an electric vehicle

Kent businesses can apply to trial an electric vehicle for up to two months to see how the switch to electric could benefit their business and Kent’s environment. Kent County Council has secured £1.5 million in funding from Highways England to provide 50 electric vans and 12 new electric vehicle charging points for the two-year…

Speed limits are not targets to hit

As the coronavirus lockdown begins to lift and more people are getting back into their cars, Kent County Council is reminding them that speed limits are not a target. There have been 213 collisions on Kent’s roads over the last five years, resulting in 336 casualties – including 58 people who were killed or seriously…

£1.6 million awarded for active travel schemes

Kent County Council has welcomed news that government has awarded £1.6 million to help make active travel easier. The Department for Transport cash is specifically to invest in walking and cycling initiatives across the county. Among those schemes now to be put in place within the next eight weeks by Kent Highways are: improvements to…

Consultation for puffin crossing in Westgate-on-Sea

Plans for a new puffin crossing on Canterbury Road in Westgate go out to public consultation today (Tuesday). Kent County Council is proposing to install the signalised crossing outside Ursuline College, widening the central reservation to create a staggered crossing. KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “There is not currently a…

KCC commits extra £1million to community warden service

Kent County Council has confirmed an additional £1 million investment for its frontline Kent Community Warden Service over the next two years. For 18 years the Kent community warden service (KCWS) has served local communities by preventing crime, supporting vulnerable residents and tackling social isolation.  It is a proactive and visible presence promoting stronger and…

Kent County Council increases its solar ambitions

Over 1,300 solar panels have been installed on five Kent County Council buildings saving 86 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, equivalent to taking 20 cars off the road. On Monday at noon under a blazing sky, the largest array in the scheme with 608 panels was officially switched on by KCC’s Cabinet Member for…

Small bridge, giant leap in construction for KCC

It might be a small bridge but it’s a giant leap in construction for Kent County Council. Utilising Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) it is the first bridge in Kent to be constructed with the material which is lightweight, low maintenance and easily installed. The pedestrian bridge was installed in Strawberry Vale, Tonbridge and goes across…