UK-first to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs

Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council joined forces last night (Monday) in a UK-first to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs. The scheme, which allows the authorities to clamp and fine drivers, has been developed by working with the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT agreed to change the current clamping policy for HGV’s…

Grand hotel, Folkestone, recognised for support to young people

Folkestone’s Grand Hotel has received an Employer Chartermark Certificate for its contribution towards the education and training of young people in the hospitality industry. The certificate was presented to the hotel’s General Manager Rob Richardson by Roger Gough, KCC Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, and Leo Gagliano, of the Hilton Hotel Group, and…

KCC launches consultation into toucan crossing plans

Kent County Council is today (Monday) launching a consultation into plans for a toucan crossing on Burnham Road in Dartford. KCC has secured funding from the Local Growth Fund, allocated by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, for the £150,000 proposed scheme. A previous consultation in February proposed a crossing outside 177-183 Burnham Road. Feedback…

Gritters hit the roads ahead of winter

Whatever the weather this winter, Kent’s gritters are ready for action. Today (October 25), the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes. The dry run allows drivers old and new to familiarise themselves with the routes, ensure vehicles and their systems…

‘The poppies in the field sway and swing’

Kent County Council held a civic information event today (Wednesday) ahead of tomorrow’s official Poppy Appeal launch. Held at County Hall in Maidstone, KCC Chairman David Brazier welcomed civic dignitaries from across the county. Proceedings began with The Last Post, played by buglers Barry Knight and John Leigh. County councillor Leyland Ridings, who is president…

Inter-faith network plans to be discussed

A seminar bringing together members of different religions for a debate on the prospects for establishing a Kent inter-faith network is being held at County Hall next month. The event from 6-8pm on Tuesday 14 November is being coordinated by Kent County Council. Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services said: “We…

£4 million for Kent Medical Campus Enterprise Zone

Kent County Council has secured £4 million of government funding for road upgrades to support the Kent Medical Campus Enterprise Zone in Maidstone. The money, from the National Productivity Investment Fund, will enable a £6.4m scheme on the A249 to be carried out. Maidstone Borough is contributing £0.5m towards the scheme with the remaining funding…