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…

KCC opening times over the Christmas holidays

Council services Local tip opening hours Kent Country Park opening hours Library opening hours Adult education class openings Gateway opening hours Rubbish collection and other district council information Social services – report abuse out of hours information Help in a crisis You can access some services online Renew your library book Report a problem on…

Nurseries and pre-schools celebrate Improvement and Achievement Awards

Nurseries and pre-schools across Kent are celebrating after being honoured with prestigious awards to recognise their commitment to supporting continuous improvement. Five nurseries and pre-schools were honoured with a prestigious Threads of Success Improvement and Achievement Award. They were Bertie’s Nursery in Faversham, Discovery Day Nursery in Maidstone, Kiddie Kapers Neighbourhood Nursery in Ashford, Magpie…

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…

School dog boosts children’s confidence, helps them learn to read and enhances their development

Having a furry, four-legged member of staff with a friendly wagging tail makes school extra enjoyable for children, but it also has huge benefits in terms of youngsters’ development. Maypole Primary School in Dartford is one of a growing number of schools across Kent, and indeed the country, that is realising the benefits of introducing…