History and Library Centre celebrates its first decade

The Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone celebrated its 10th birthday with a series of public events. Staff dressed in medieval costume provided tours of the archives and others assisted young visitors in a “charter-making workshop” and story-telling session. Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, oversaw the commissioning and construction…

Successful No Use Empty scheme widens its impact

The reputation of KCC’s No Use Empty scheme, bringing empty and derelict homes and commercial premises back into use, has led to a similar scheme being set up in Southend-on-Sea. With KCC’s help, the local authority there wants to bring between 10 and 15 empty buildings back into occupation across Southend, Basildon, Thurrock, Castle Point, Rochford…

Kent Homeless Connect consultation opens

Views are being sought on Kent County Council’s (KCC) proposal to end funding for the Kent Homeless Connect (KHC) service when the current contract ends. Following the approval of the council’s budget in February, it was proposed that, to meet the ongoing severe financial challenges the council is facing it could stop funding the discretionary…

Primary school offers will be sent out today

Families in Kent will find out today which primary schools their children have been offered to join in September 2022, with nine out of ten being offered their first preference. The parents and carers of 17,592 children who applied for a place at a Kent school will receive their offers via email or online. Of…

More Brock controls eased for Easter

Kent is open for business as traffic controls across the county’s road network have been further reduced as the risk of Easter getaway disruption eases, Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) leaders announced today. With light levels of freight now heading across the Channel, Operation Brock has been scaled back to ‘free-flow’, the lowest tier of control…

Brock to stay on over Easter

Operation Brock will remain in place until after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as a precaution to manage the flow of traffic to the Port of Dover and EuroTunnel, Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) leaders confirmed today. While both freight and passenger traffic has been flowing well along cross-Channel routes since the weekend, the volume of…