Beware the unlicensed waste collectors

Op Assist, the multi-agency crackdown on fly-tipping across the county has been recording a number of successes. Over the past few months, officers from local authorities, have been working together with the police and other agencies,  carrying out days of action to deter illegal dumping and identify unlicensed waste collectors. Kent County Council is investing…

Adult safeguarding

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week – Help us to protect the most vulnerable people in Kent and Medway

This media release was issued on behalf of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board. From the 7th – 11th October, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting its annual Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week. The Board is urging local communities to join Kent and Medway Councils, Kent Police, local NHS services, charities and…

£49.8million relief road moves a step closer

Plans for a relief road of the A28 through Birchington, Acol and Westgate-on-Sea have received backing from the government and will now move on to the next stage of development. A bid to fund the £49.8 million project was submitted following a request from the government in December for regions to agree their priorities for improving the Major Road Network – the country’s…

‘Hot foam’ trial on highways weed control

KCC Highways is carrying out trials of “hot foam technology” as part of the council’s commitment to look at alternative methods of weed control on the county’s roads and footpaths. Members have expressed concern over the safety of using weed-killer sprays containing glyphosate because of suggestions that the chemical could be linked to some forms…

Have your say on the future of Minnis Community Hub  

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched an eight–week consultation about the future of services for older people at Minnis Community Hub. KCC has been exploring the way forward for the day service at Minnis Community Hub and now seeks the views of service users on the future of services that are delivered at the centre.…

Kent County Council hosts ‘Art in Mind’ – an exhibition on mental health  

An exhibition highlighting the therapeutic value of art in managing mental health issues is being held at County Hall, Maidstone this month. The display, entitled ‘Art in Mind’ will see the art gallery next to the Stone Hall filled with drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and papier-mâché from Monday, September 23, until October 11. Organisations taking…

Kent Local Area SEND plan given thumbs up by education and health chiefs

Education and health bosses have voiced their approval for plans for future SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) provision in Kent. Kent County Council and the NHS submitted a joint Written Statement of Action (WSoA) to Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the CQC (Care Quality Commission), which has now been…

KCC encourages volunteering opportunities in libraries

Kent libraries is encouraging people to volunteer at one of the county’s 99 libraries. At a committee meeting last week, members heard that last year 1,119 volunteers gave over 45,000 hours of their time adding value to the Kent libraries and archives. Head of Service Libraries, Registration & Archives James Pearson, said: “We are extremely…