KCC to plant trees in Brazil every time it prints

Kent County Council has become the first local authority in the UK to sign up to a free scheme meaning when documents are printed, a tree is planted. Working in partnership with our printing supplier, Xerox, we have gained this added benefit via their agreement with PrintReleaf to help reduce the loss of forests globally.…

New drainage engineers recruited

An investment in five new drainage engineers and a planned works team leader has been made by KCC to help tackle flood risks. The county authority looks after highway drainage which keeps water off the road and makes it safe for drivers and other road users. KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “By…

Committee recommends introducing charging for non-household waste

A recommendation to introduce charging for non-household waste at KCC’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) has been endorsed. The discussions at today’s Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee come following an eight-week consultation where almost 3,000 people responded. KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types…

Tis the season to recycle

With only a few days until Christmas Day, Kent County Council is reminding people both artificial and real Christmas trees can be taken to household waste and recycling sites. Old decorations can also be taken, as seen at the Maidstone site where staff have been collecting discarded Christmas decorations over the last two years. They…

KCC Leader on Brexit preparedness

I sincerely hope that we never have to implement any of our contingency plans and that the UK has a smooth exit from Europe. However, we don’t know whether or not that will be the case. We must never forget the chaos that we had across half of this county in 2015. The M20 was…

Outstanding double award success for The Education People

Kent Supported Employment, part of the Specialist Employment Service in The Education People, has been awarded Team of the Year at the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) annual, national conference. The service supports over 200 new clients per year in seeking, finding and sustaining employment using the supported employment model; working closely with employers…

Make the right choice – don’t drink and drive

One drink will affect your ability to drive – this Christmas, Kent County Council is asking people to make the right choice and not drink and drive. In the last three years there have been 674 crashes on Kent’s roads where a driver was impaired by alcohol, resulting in more than 1,000 people being injured…

Review into 20mph schemes

A review into where 20mph schemes could be introduced has been ordered by the KCC cabinet member for transport. Mike Whiting has asked officers to prepare a report following government research into the schemes. Kent County Council funds 20mph limits and there are currently over 800 roads and streets covered. There is no separate funding…

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…