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Alan Smith joined the Kent Messenger as a trainee sub-editor in 1989. In 1998 he switched to a reporting role, chiefly on the Kent Messenger and subsequently on Kent Online.

Town needs 21 times more EV charging points to meet targets

21 February 2024
Town needs 21 times more EV charging points to meet targets

A council needs to tackle the use of petrol cars and its biggest polluter – the town’s leisure centre – to meet net zero targets.

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‘Empty car park on one side of the road – parking chaos on the other’

19 February 2024
‘Empty car park on one side of the road – parking chaos on the other’

The introduction of parking fees at a village hall car park to deter parents using it at school times has “put children’s lives at risk”.

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‘There is no democracy’: Tempers flare at council no-show over ‘dangerous’ road closure

18 February 2024
‘There is no democracy’: Tempers flare at council no-show over ‘dangerous’ road closure

A transport meeting held over a controversial road closure was labelled a “sham” by angry residents after highways officers failed to show.

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NHS throws garden therapy scheme on compost heap

15 February 2024
NHS throws garden therapy scheme on compost heap

A garden therapy scheme that has helped scores of people recover from depression and anxiety is to close in a “devastating” blow.

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‘People say it’s in the wrong place, I disagree’

15 February 2024
‘People say it’s in the wrong place, I disagree’

A 184-acre solar farm has been approved by a government inspector who said he “respectfully” disagreed with opposition from a council and villagers.

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Ann Widdecombe back on the campaign trail

14 February 2024
Ann Widdecombe back on the campaign trail

A veteran MP and TV personality who served Kent for more than two decades is back on the campaign trail – but this time not for the Tories.

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Man taken to hospital after incident at police station

13 February 2024
Man taken to hospital after incident at police station

A man has been taken to hospital under a police escort after an incident at a police station.

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New lights to be installed at busy junction

12 February 2024
New lights to be installed at busy junction

Traffic at a busy junction is set to be disturbed for 14 weeks as a housing developer installs new lights as part of a 421-home development.

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Jockey died after horse refused to jump fence and landed on him

12 February 2024
Jockey died after horse refused to jump fence and landed on him

A talented young jockey died after his horse refused to jump, bolted into a fence, threw him off and then landed on him.

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Major shops and homes development set for town centre

11 February 2024
Major shops and homes development set for town centre

A new development of flats and retail space will give a nod to the site’s past when it opens after a major revamp.

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Cancer patient granted dying wish to ride Harley-Davidson

05 February 2024
Cancer patient granted dying wish to ride Harley-Davidson

A woman with terminal cancer has been granted one of her final wishes by a group of bikers.

Post office opens inside new eco refill store after 18-month wait

05 February 2024
Post office opens inside new eco refill store after 18-month wait

A town at last has a permanent post office after being housed temporarily in a castle since 2022.

‘We’ll borrow £60m for new leisure centre’

04 February 2024
‘We’ll borrow £60m for new leisure centre’

A council wants to borrow £350m as it embarks on a ‘massively ambitious’ spending programme.

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Crash sparks A2 delays after car hits barrier

04 February 2024
Crash sparks A2 delays after car hits barrier

A crash on the A2 is causing delays this morning after a car hit a barrier.

Police slam brakes on car meet

03 February 2024
Police slam brakes on car meet

Police have got wind of a planned car meet in the county tonight – and have deployed powers to ensure it cannot take place.

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£21m flood storage tank upgrade to finally begin

03 February 2024
£21m flood storage tank upgrade to finally begin

An eagerly awaited multi-million pound scheme to help protect a town from flooding is set to finally get underway.

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Man killed after being hit by BMW

03 February 2024
Man killed after being hit by BMW

A man in his 30s died at the scene in the early hours after he was hit by a car.

Beacons will be lit in memory of D-Day

03 February 2024
Beacons will be lit in memory of D-Day

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings and RBLI will be marking “the longest day.”

‘Rees-Mogg cut me off because I told him Brexit is insane’

02 February 2024
‘Rees-Mogg cut me off because I told him Brexit is insane’

A farmer invited to “celebrate” the fourth anniversary of Brexit on GB News was “cut off” after insisting it had been a disaster for agriculture.

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Another care home bid – nine days after the first was refused

02 February 2024
Another care home bid – nine days after the first was refused

Nine days after having its first application refused, a care home provider is trying again.

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