HWRCs reopen today – book and know the rules

The majority of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) reopen today (Friday) for those who have booked a slot. Strict new rules are in place to not only protect staff but those using one of the county’s 18 HWRC sites as well. Since Wednesday, over 15,000 people have booked a slot either online…

Waste & Recycling sites – booking Wednesday, open Friday

Booking to use Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres starts tomorrow (Wednesday). People can book a slot either online at www.kent.gov.uk/hwrcbook or by phone on 03000 417373 from 11am on Wednesday. Depending on demand, you may be placed into a virtual queue. Government advice about essential visits to HWRCs is that journeys must only…

Kent’s Household Waste & Recycling Centres to open

From next Friday (May 15), Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use. On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. People can…

Residents encouraged to join VE Day celebrations

KCC is encouraging residents to join in the VE Day celebrations on Friday – the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. To mark the event, staff from the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone have produced a video with several of them reading excerpts from…

Blueprint for Kent Waste and Minerals Approved

An independent report from the Planning Inspectorate has endorsed Kent County Council’s approach to the management of waste and supply of minerals in Kent. Kent County Council has been preparing two key Local Plans – one sets out areas which are suitable for sand and gravel quarries and the other includes details on how and…

Kent Biodiversity Strategy approved

A strategy for Kent’s natural environment, with the vision of a county thriving with wildlife and plants, has been approved by Kent’s environment champion. KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey approved the Kent Biodiversity Strategy which aims to ensure the county’s natural environment regains and retains good health. Kent has a rich and varied…

Adult education classes to provide hospital scrubs

The shortage of medical scrubs experienced by some Kent hospitals and care workers is being alleviated through an initiative from KCC’s Adult Education department. It has launched a range of free sewing workshops to provide appropriate protective clothing for those helping patients fighting COVID-19. These workshops provide expertise and assistance to those who are currently…

Community wardens support residents across the county

KCC’s Community Wardens are hard at work every day, currently helping residents cope with the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown. Among many other activities, the 70-strong force are delivering essential food parcels and hot and cold meals to vulnerable isolated residents and working with shops, food producers, restaurants, food banks, Age UK, Community Cupboards and…