Schools urged to continue with Covid-safety measures

Shellina Prendergast, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome back to school to all pupils, teachers and staff across Kent. I hope you all had a relaxing, enjoyable, and healthy summer break and are returning to the classroom refreshed and looking forward to the new school…

New system assists crackdown on Blue Badge abuse

Members of Kent County Council’s Counter Fraud Team have spent two days training Civil Enforcement Officers in two districts on a new system aimed at tackling the fraudulent use of the Disabled Persons’ Blue Badge scheme. Civil Enforcement Officers from both Dartford and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councils welcomed the introduction of a new mobile…

Funding to help young people to be more active

The Covid pandemic has had a huge impact on the ability for people to take part in and enjoy the sports they love. However, as lockdown restrictions eased, Kent Sport has distributed £327,000 of funding from The Department for Education to open-up school facilities out-of-hours to support young people and the local community to re-engage…

Consultation opens on future of booking system for Household Waste Recycling Centres

Residents are being asked for their views on the future of the booking system for Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Introduced as an emergency measure to ensure social distancing during the pandemic, the booking system has evolved in response to customer feedback and the easing of restrictions. Now a consultation has been…

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…