School scoops £500 recycling award

A school in Gravesend has won a £500 prize and been named a county recycling champion after topping the leaderboard in a home recycling challenge which involved more than 100 schools across Kent. St John’s Catholic Primary School received its prize at its very own Wastebuster assembly held this morning after putting in an exceptional…

Businesses of Kent – we need you!

Kent County Council is calling on employers to help young people into work by giving them interview experience or offering them an apprenticeship – or both. The council’s Made in Kent apprentice programme launched its 1,000 Interviews project at Oakwood House in Maidstone on Tuesday (November 7) with the aim of giving 1,000 young people…

Graham Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer of Caterham Cars, David Brazier. Chairman of Kent County Council and Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Chains and the brains behind automobiles

Kent County Council Chairman David Brazier visited Caterham Cars in Dartford on Tuesday (November 7) alongside Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mark Dance. They were greeted by Graham Macdonald, the CEO of the company, at their Kennet Road factory. Mr Brazier and Mr Dance were taken around the factory floor and were able to view…

UK-first to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs

Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council joined forces last night (Monday) in a UK-first to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs. The scheme, which allows the authorities to clamp and fine drivers, has been developed by working with the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT agreed to change the current clamping policy for HGV’s…

Grand hotel, Folkestone, recognised for support to young people

Folkestone’s Grand Hotel has received an Employer Chartermark Certificate for its contribution towards the education and training of young people in the hospitality industry. The certificate was presented to the hotel’s General Manager Rob Richardson by Roger Gough, KCC Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, and Leo Gagliano, of the Hilton Hotel Group, and…

KCC launches consultation into toucan crossing plans

Kent County Council is today (Monday) launching a consultation into plans for a toucan crossing on Burnham Road in Dartford. KCC has secured funding from the Local Growth Fund, allocated by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, for the £150,000 proposed scheme. A previous consultation in February proposed a crossing outside 177-183 Burnham Road. Feedback…

Gritters hit the roads ahead of winter

Whatever the weather this winter, Kent’s gritters are ready for action. Today (October 25), the county’s 60 gritters and five mini gritters warmed up their engines and took part in a dry run of gritting routes. The dry run allows drivers old and new to familiarise themselves with the routes, ensure vehicles and their systems…

‘The poppies in the field sway and swing’

Kent County Council held a civic information event today (Wednesday) ahead of tomorrow’s official Poppy Appeal launch. Held at County Hall in Maidstone, KCC Chairman David Brazier welcomed civic dignitaries from across the county. Proceedings began with The Last Post, played by buglers Barry Knight and John Leigh. County councillor Leyland Ridings, who is president…