Susan Carey, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The Maidstone Heat Network is an important part of our work to deliver our Net Zero ambition for both Kent County Council and for Kent. It’s the result of several years of work by the Kent County Council Energy Team and this funding from HNIP is both a vote of confidence in the project and in the concept of heat networks.“

Funding the transition to net zero: Heat Networks Investment Project helps Kent County Council to 2030 net zero target

So far over £165 million of Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) funding has been awarded to date. The most recent recipient is Kent County Council securing £2,478,000 to support the development of a low carbon heat network in Maidstone. Local authorities across the UK have announced ambitious targets in an effort to not only encourage…

First wave of walking and cycling plans announced

The first wave of schemes to encourage walking and cycling in the county has been announced by Kent County Council. In total there will be four 20mph schemes – two town-wide schemes in Faversham and Tonbridge, and two town centre schemes in Margate and Tunbridge Wells. These schemes are being introduced through an Experimental Traffic…

Waste & Recycling sites – booking Wednesday, open Friday

Booking to use Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres starts tomorrow (Wednesday). People can book a slot either online at www.kent.gov.uk/hwrcbook or by phone on 03000 417373 from 11am on Wednesday. Depending on demand, you may be placed into a virtual queue. Government advice about essential visits to HWRCs is that journeys must only…

New rural transport schemes launched in Maidstone

Two new rural transport schemes have been launched in Maidstone. The new 13 and 59 feeder bus services began running on February 17, with the 13 serving Hollingbourne, Leeds, Langley Heath, and Otham. The 59 serves Grafty Green, Ulcombe, Kingswood, Chart Sutton and Boughton Monchelsea. Kent feeder buses link into the commercial network and are…

Celebration for a Kent Tree Hero!

Sophie Scott, a long-standing champion and tireless fund-raiser for Kent’s trees, has been recognised at a tree planting ceremony in Sessions House Square, Maidstone – county town of the Garden of England. Tony Harwood tells us more about the event, the work Kent County Council is undertaking and the plight of the county’s trees. On…

A20 junction improvement proposals

Kent County Council has announced proposals to improve road lanes and cycle lanes along the A20 London Road in East Malling, Larkfield and Ditton. The scheme, which goes out to public consultation on Monday, would take place between the junctions of New Hythe Lane and Station Road. It aims to reduce congestion at these two…

Transport consultations launched into bus services in Maidstone and West Malling

Two consultations have been launched proposing bus pilots in Maidstone and West Malling. It comes following last year’s Big Conversation, which gauged opinion on how Kent County Council could best help provide sustainable rural transport. KCC currently supports services 13 and 59 in Maidstone. The proposal revises these services to become feeder buses, which provide…

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…