Moving Forward for Kent campaign is launched

An exciting new campaign has been launched to help get the Kent economy back on its feet again and support businesses and residents in Kent. Moving Forward for Kent, which is being rolled out by Kent County Council and supported by organisations including Visit Kent, Produced in Kent and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, is…

Licence for outside tables and chairs extended

Businesses that are due to renew their licence for outside tables and chairs will have their licence extended until the end of August by Kent Highways. This goodwill gesture comes as the government switches the responsibility for street furniture licensing from Kent County Council to district and borough councils. Those who need to renew in…

Speed limits are not targets to hit

As the coronavirus lockdown begins to lift and more people are getting back into their cars, Kent County Council is reminding them that speed limits are not a target. There have been 213 collisions on Kent’s roads over the last five years, resulting in 336 casualties – including 58 people who were killed or seriously…

£1.6 million awarded for active travel schemes

Kent County Council has welcomed news that government has awarded £1.6 million to help make active travel easier. The Department for Transport cash is specifically to invest in walking and cycling initiatives across the county. Among those schemes now to be put in place within the next eight weeks by Kent Highways are: improvements to…

Consultation for puffin crossing in Westgate-on-Sea

Plans for a new puffin crossing on Canterbury Road in Westgate go out to public consultation today (Tuesday). Kent County Council is proposing to install the signalised crossing outside Ursuline College, widening the central reservation to create a staggered crossing. KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “There is not currently a…

Small bridge, giant leap in construction for KCC

It might be a small bridge but it’s a giant leap in construction for Kent County Council. Utilising Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) it is the first bridge in Kent to be constructed with the material which is lightweight, low maintenance and easily installed. The pedestrian bridge was installed in Strawberry Vale, Tonbridge and goes across…

Proposal to delay Kent Test 2020 until October

A proposal has been submitted to Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills to delay this year’s Kent Test by approximately a month. We appreciate that the closure of schools to the majority of pupils during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety for families about their children’s…

Can you help a lonely person for Loneliness Awareness Week? 

Kent County Council (KCC) is supporting Loneliness Awareness Week (15 – 19 June), a national awareness raising campaign hosted by The Marmalade Trust and is calling on residents to help ease loneliness and isolation in Kent communities. Problems relating to social isolation and loneliness have never been more relevant than during the current COVID-19 pandemic.…

KCC waives table and chair fee for businesses

In a drive to support high street recovery, Kent County Council is waiving fees that allow cafes, restaurants and bars to place furniture outside their premises. The decision was made earlier this week and comes as government further relaxes its lockdown measures, potentially allowing the hospitality trade to reopen next month (July). Kent County Council…

Cross-Channel meeting to boost tourism in wake of Covid-19

A cross-Channel meeting to support tourism between Kent and its nearest European neighbours hopes the continued easing of lockdown will boost the sector, which is worth nearly £4 billion pounds a year to the Kent economy. As the potential for tourism slowly begins in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, and continued uncertainty around long-haul…