Kent Business Summit focuses on sustainable economic growth

The Kent Business Summit returned for a third time today (Friday) focusing on sustainable economic growth in the county and beyond. The event was opened by Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mike Whiting who highlighted the work he is spearheading with the county’s European neighbours. Mr Whiting said: “We are committed to…

Operation Brock to be removed

The Leader of Kent County Council has welcomed the government announcement that the Operation Brock barrier, which has been in place on the M20 since March 2019, will now be removed. The Government has announced it is standing down all contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit on 31 January. Partners of the Kent Resilience Forum…

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry riding the wave

A record number of journeys have been made on the Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry this year. On the second anniversary of the contract with ferry operator Jetstream Tours, Kent County Council and Thurrock Council say 150,000 journeys a year are being made, a 40% increase since the start of the contract. Subsidised by the two…

Have your say on improving the quality of life in Kent

Kent County Council launches a consultation today on its plans to improve the quality of life for the county’s residents over the next five years. KCC Leader Roger Gough said the consultation presented the opportunity for everyone living or working in Kent to let the council know which services really matter to them. He said:…

Jingle all the way to your local recycling centre

With Christmas just around the corner, Kent County Council is reminding residents that real, and artificial, Christmas trees can be recycled at household waste and recycling sites – as well as old decorations – for free. Kent County Council’s new cabinet member for the environment Susan Carey visited the Tovil household waste site on Friday,…

KCC elects new Leader and new cabinet revealed

Kent County Council has a new Leader. Roger Gough was officially elected to the post at the full council meeting having been voted in as leader of the majority Conservative group on the council two weeks earlier. In both roles he succeeds Paul Carter, who has held them for the past 14 years. Mr Gough…

KCC encourages volunteering opportunities in libraries

Kent libraries is encouraging people to volunteer at one of the county’s 99 libraries. At a committee meeting last week, members heard that last year 1,119 volunteers gave over 45,000 hours of their time adding value to the Kent libraries and archives. Head of Service Libraries, Registration & Archives James Pearson, said: “We are extremely…