Tribute to former KCC Deputy Leader

It is with great regret we inform you of the death of John Simmonds MBE, the Conservative Member for Canterbury North since June 2001. The Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter paid tribute to John Simmonds who served as a Cabinet Member for both Education and Finance for many years. Mr Carter said: “Kent…

Pepperhill set to reopen

Pepperhill household waste and recycling centre in Gravesend will reopen on Monday, August 13. Kent County Council closed the Station Road, Southfleet site following a fire on April 21. It broke out in the household waste bay in the waste transfer station. It remains unknown what caused the fire due to the quantity of waste…

Gold award for KCC’s support for the military

Kent County Council’s support for ex-service personnel and Reservists has been recognised today with the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Gold Award – just one year after receiving the silver award. KCC’s close relationship with the Military was cemented by the re-signing of the Kent Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2017 to enable the armed…

KCC backs commuters over threat to high-speed trains

KCC has put its weight behind a campaign by Maidstone commuters who are mounting a last-ditch attempt to save high-speed train services to London. More than 2,200 people have delivered a petition to the Department for Transport opposing plans to scrap the early-morning journeys from Maidstone West to St Pancras International. Commuters say the proposed…

KCC unveils new changing place at County Hall

New changing and toilet facilities to help people with disabilities have been unveiled at County Hall in Maidstone. More than 250,000 people in Kent have a disability which limits their day-to-day activities. Graham Gibbens, KCC’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health said: “I am really delighted a changing places facility is now…

County Cabinet Reshuffle Announced

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has announced changes to his Cabinet including new appointments in portfolios for Finance, Strategic Commissioning and Public Health. The reshuffle comes after John Simmonds resigned from his post as Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health. Deputy Leader of KCC, Peter Oakford, becomes Cabinet Member for…