Three-year strategy for Kent’s libraries

Kent residents have their chance to comment on a draft three-year strategy for the county’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service during a 10-week public consultation which opened on Wednesday (21 November). All of Kent’s libraries will continue to be maintained, although many could have their opening hours changed according to plans announced by the council.…

Bus Summit – Big Conversation

Five rural bus pilot schemes have been announced following the Big Conversation, a consultation to explore options for better transport to rural communities. A summit was held at County Hall in Maidstone on Tuesday (October 30) and revealed the schemes would run in Dover, Sevenoaks, Tenterden, West Malling and Maidstone. The Big Conversation ran for…

Winter is coming – KCC is prepared, are you?

Whatever the weather this winter, Kent’s gritters are ready for action. Today (October 26), 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…

A26 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone reopens

The A26 Tonbridge Road in Maidstone will reopen on Sunday after a void was discovered in May. At a cost of over £1 million and over 8,000 hours of work to fill the void, the road is scheduled to reopen on Sunday morning. The void was first spotted on May 28 with a small hole…

Consultation into charging for non-household waste

A consultation has been launched on a proposal to charge for non-household waste at the Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC). Kent County Council is not obligated to accept non-household waste at its sites, such as soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard. KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than…

County Cabinet Reshuffle Announced

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has announced changes to his Cabinet including new appointments in portfolios for Finance, Strategic Commissioning and Public Health. The reshuffle comes after John Simmonds resigned from his post as Cabinet Member for Finance due to ill health. Deputy Leader of KCC, Peter Oakford, becomes Cabinet Member for…