Illegal tobacco seized from Maidstone shops

Nearly 35,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in a series of visits to shops in Maidstone as part of Operation CeCe, a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC. Kent Police Community Safety Unit and Maidstone Borough Council’s Community Protection Team supported the initiative across two days of action.…

Double cause for celebration at Hythe Library

Hythe Library has reopened following extensive work to replace its heating system and now boasts an additional 130 books donated by three residents. Aimée Margott, Lianne Sandford and Laura Taylor felt moved to do something practical to address issues of inequality and discrimination. They decided the power of books was one way to help and…

Congratulations to all pupils receiving results today

Pupils across Kent will receive the results of their post-16 qualifications, including A levels, today. In a joint statement, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Shellina Prendergast, and Director of Education, Christine McInnes, said: “On behalf of everyone at Kent County Council, we would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to all pupils…

Tribute to Olympic gold medal winner from Kent

KCC Chairman Ann Allen has paid tribute to Kate French, the 30-year-old from Meopham, who has today collected the gold medal for the modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. She won the event, which involves fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross country running, with an Olympic-record points total of 1,385. Millions of…

Drones back in Kent’s skies for trial’s second phase

A trial looking at how drones could be used to find and assess damage to the county’s roads is now in its second phase. The Kent Live Labs project will see three separate flights taken across the A20 near Lenham over the next few months. Images from the identical flights will then be analysed to…

Leading Kent brewer to help guide others to export success

In addition to producing top-of-the-range beers, Kent’s Old Dairy Brewery will be busy inspiring other businesses to grow through exporting after being named an Export Champion for the South East for 2021/2022. The accolade, awarded by the Department for International Trade (DiT), means the Tenterden company will share its expertise, and raise awareness of the…

Be prepared for stormy holiday get-away weekend

Heavy rain and windy weather could make for tricky driving and travel conditions in Kent this weekend as many people look to start their holidays. Yellow Met Office warnings are now in force for wind, rain and thunderstorms from Friday afternoon through to Sunday. With schools now out for summer, and most COVID-19 restrictions lifted,…

Consultation on public transport for Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood

A new consultation on proposals for improved, fast public transport services connecting Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood has been launched today. It follows a consultation earlier this year which helped create a refined shortlist of options. The proposals by the Crossrail to Ebbsfleet (C2E) Partnership would provide faster connections into…

Consultation into 8 walking & cycling schemes across Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, and Northfleet starts today

A consultation into eight walking and cycling improvement schemes across Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, and Northfleet starts today (Wednesday). The schemes are: Ebbsfleet: Swanscombe to Castle Hill and access into Ebbsfleet Academy; Ackers Drive connection. Greenhithe: London Road to Greenhithe Station; Bean Road Northfleet North: Northfleet High Street Northfleet South and Painters Ash: Springhead Road; National Cycle…