Over 1,400 bags of waste collected along M20

Following the disruption to borders last week, roadside waste was left behind affecting many of the key routes to Dover. Nicky Potts, Highways England head of operational integration, said: “Since Boxing day and over the last few days, we have collected over 1,400 bags of waste along the M20 between junctions 8 and 9 as…

Quiet start to the new year in Kent

There have been low traffic numbers in Kent following the end of the transition period. As well as leaving the EU single market and customs union, the coronavirus pandemic means anyone leaving the UK must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travelling. Freight Drivers are encouraged to arrive in Kent with a…

EU transition period comes to an end

Tomorrow (January 1) marks the end of the EU transition period, bringing with it changes to the way businesses operate and how we travel to the continent. As well as leaving the EU single market and customs union, the coronavirus pandemic means anyone travelling from the UK must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72…

Education Secretary sets out school contingency plans

Speaking after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson addressed the House of Commons to update on the return to school in January, Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The Government has today announced that the majority of secondary school pupils will learn remotely for an additional week after the current school…

Statistics released following cross-Channel disruption

Approximately 8,400 hot meals, over 25,000 Covid test applications and more than 14,000 HGVs moved on are just some of the startling statistics of the last week in Kent. Following the initial closure of French borders to those travelling from the UK on Sunday 20 December and then the subsequent requirement for negative Covid-19 tests…

Task Force aims to keep Kent & Medway working

Public and private sector leaders across Kent and Medway have responded to the impact on jobs in the county by uniting to support those looking for employment and those whose jobs may be lost as a result of the Covid pandemic. The Kent and Medway Employment Task Force, chaired by Kent County Council Leader Roger…