KCC commits a further £12.6 million for Kent’s roads

Kent County Council has pledged an additional £12.6 million towards improving and resurfacing Kent’s roads to repair damage caused by the severe weather following a decision at full council today (Thursday). The extra money comes on top of £8 million already being spent on a county-wide pothole blitz. The condition of the 5,400 miles of…

John Simmonds steps down from KCC cabinet position

It has been announced today that Cllr John Simmonds MBE has resigned as KCC Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health. Mr Simmonds was elected to the County Council in June 2001 as the Conservative Member for Canterbury North, representing villages around Canterbury including Blean and Hackington. He now represents Canterbury West following boundary…

Reminding drivers about school crossing patrols

Kent County Council is reminding drivers about their responsibilities to stop for school crossing patrols. The authority is bringing in a new incident reporting process so that it now gathers information about all incidents of ‘failed to stop’ and refers them to the police to take action. School crossing patrols have a legal right to…

Work on Tonbridge station starts July 25

A half a million-pound scheme to improve the pavements and roads around Tonbridge Station will start later this month. The project, funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, starts on July 25 and will see: • widening the footpath leading to the station entrance to create more space for pedestrians • new signalled crossings…

One You Kent health campaign wins County Show award 

​Visitors to this year’s Kent County Show were encouraged to take control of their health as the theme of the Kent County Council stand promoted One You Kent and won a top award for its efforts. The stand took first place for ‘best large trade stand’ after 1000 people came and chatted with health advisors…

Brexit – KCC calls for action to keep traffic flowing

Kent County Council has set out its position on the preparedness for effectively implementing Brexit and calls for the Government to take action to better co-ordinate implementation and contingency planning across all national and local partners. Leader of KCC Paul Carter says contingency plans must be put in place to minimise disruption on strategic routes…

Hero award for KCC Trading Standards officer

KCC Trading Standards Officer Neil Butcher has been awarded the prestigious Hero Award by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), for his exceptional work tackling under-age drinking and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour. Neil has worked with great dedication to bring together a broad range of partners to tackle underage drinking in Kent and has helped set…

Private Fostering Week – don’t ignore it

The number of people notifying Kent County Council (KCC) about private fostering arrangements has reached a ten-year high. Private foster carers are people who look after a child under 16 (or under 18 with disabilities) full-time for 28 consecutive days or more and are not a parent or close relative. Those planning to care or…

Work begins on £6.65 million scheme on Lower Road, Sheppey

Work has begun on a £6.65 million scheme to improve the A2500 Lower Road on the Isle of Sheppey. The first phase will see a roundabout constructed replacing the existing traffic light-controlled junction between Lower Road and Barton Hill Drive. The roundabout has been designed to include a fourth turning off point, which could provide…