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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.

'Under siege' families can't park outside their homes

22 May 2022
'Under siege' families can't park outside their homes

We visit a street where nearly half the homes have been converted into houses of multiple occupancy to see why a council is taking action.

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Village agrees to secure £250k loan to buy former church

20 May 2022
Village agrees to secure £250k loan to buy former church

A rural village has taken a step closer to buying a disused church to convert into a community centre, but there is a rival bid.

First homes hit market at controversial village site

17 May 2022
First homes hit market at controversial village site

A scheme to build 421 homes on fields around a village church which was allowed after an appeal have hit the market.

Speeding motorists slapped with fine

17 May 2022
Speeding motorists slapped with fine

Police have responded to residents' fears about unsafe rural roads and caught 16 motorists speeding through village in one day.

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Village centre dreams under threat from last-ditch bid

16 May 2022
Village centre dreams under threat from last-ditch bid

As a village moves nearer to buying a disused church as a community hall, a rival bidder has stepped in.

Coalition deal 'reached' to run council

16 May 2022
Coalition deal 'reached' to run council

Discussions at the weekend are set to have hammered out details about the future running of a borough council after Conservatives lost control.

International register for time capsules

16 May 2022
International register for time capsules

Schools in Kent are told there's no need to lose the location of their time capsules.

Coalition talks 'yet to begin'

13 May 2022
Coalition talks 'yet to begin'

The Lib Dems have yet to secure coalition partners to run a borough council where the Tories have lost control.

Music shop shuts after 19 years

12 May 2022
Music shop shuts after 19 years

The pandemic and business uncertainty has proved the swansong for a town's music store.

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Consultation dates added over garden village after leaflet fiasco

12 May 2022
Consultation dates added over garden village after leaflet fiasco

A council has announced extra consultation events for a development it is behind, after a blunder meant many neighbours were not informed.

Field set for protection could get 250 homes instead

12 May 2022
Field set for protection could get 250 homes instead

A council leader has warned that nothing can stop housing development on a treasured green space after a 'dreadful decision' by planning inspectors.

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How householders waiting for energy rebate can claim money

11 May 2022
How householders waiting for energy rebate can claim money

Council tax payers who don't use direct debit are waiting for their £150 rebate but will not receive it automatically.

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Conservatives secure control of Maidstone council

10 May 2022
Conservatives secure control of Maidstone council

A former Tory councillor has rejoined the party to ensure the Conservatives keep control of a key borough.

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Survivor walks to raise awareness of prostate cancer

10 May 2022
Survivor walks to raise awareness of prostate cancer

A charity walker aims to complete his 1,000km trek on his 74th birthday.

Anger at councils' waste firm continuing operations in Russia

09 May 2022
Anger at councils' waste firm continuing operations in Russia

A waste collection firm contracted with several Kent authorities has been criticised for continuing to operate in Russia amid the war with Ukraine.

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Big problems still for mobility scooter users

09 May 2022
Big problems still for mobility scooter users

The combination of a lack of dropped kerbs and pavement parking prevents a disabled man from travelling the 200 yards to his local shops.

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IdentiKent: Is new homes fury down to design?

08 May 2022
IdentiKent: Is new homes fury down to design?

We cast a critical eye of over 15 Kent housing sites and learn how Local Design Codes might be the answer to everyone's problems.

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Tories lose majority on borough council

06 May 2022
Tories lose majority on borough council

The Conservatives no longer hold the majority over a borough council after losing two seats in the local elections.

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Van driver jailed for manslaughter after brawl

05 May 2022
Van driver jailed for manslaughter after brawl

A Kent man has been jailed for 12 years after admitting killing a pedestrian by running him over in a van.

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'Pointless' junction scheme approved

04 May 2022
'Pointless' junction scheme approved

KCC has been condemned for its arrogance after refusing to send highways officers to explain its junction scheme.

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