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New theatre plans to help cut surgery backlog

18 May 2022
New theatre plans to help cut surgery backlog

Plans to create an orthopaedic unit in a Kent hospital to tackle a backlog of surgical treatments have been described as "transformatory".

Mental health patient sent 240 miles amid 'crisis'

13 May 2022
Mental health patient sent 240 miles amid 'crisis'

A mental health patient was sent 240 miles for treatment as the county is engulfed in an "unrelenting crisis".

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Cutting homelessness service could have 'devastating human cost'

11 May 2022
Cutting homelessness service could have 'devastating human cost'

A charity has warned of the 'devastating' impact withdrawing a £5 million-a-year homelessness service could have in Kent.

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Emergency upgrades needed for closed landfill site

10 May 2022
Emergency upgrades needed for closed landfill site

A closed landfill site requires emergency upgrades amid human health and environmental concerns.

£3.1m boost to help domestic abuse victims

04 May 2022
£3.1m boost to help domestic abuse victims

Domestic abuse victims from Kent will receive more support over the next 12 months under multi-million pound plans.

Health chiefs probe 'credibility' of ‘super’ hospital plans for city

27 April 2022
Health chiefs probe 'credibility' of ‘super’ hospital plans for city

Controversial plans to transform hospital services in east Kent are being reviewed by NHS leaders.

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Swings, slides and fun galore!

25 April 2022
Swings, slides and fun galore!

A "wonderful" children's playground is to be built at a country park.

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First look at country park's planned playground

19 April 2022
First look at country park's planned playground

The first images of how a playground at a country park will look have been revealed ahead of a crunch meeting on the plans.

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Former school land could be sold for £1m+

11 April 2022
Former school land could be sold for £1m+

A former school building and land could be sold for more than £1 million as Kent County Council looks to boost its coffers.

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Details of KCC's plans to offload parts of HQ revealed

29 March 2022
Details of KCC's plans to offload parts of HQ revealed

Kent County Council has revealed details of its controversial plans to offload parts of its iconic headquarters, with one building set for demolition.

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'Inquiry must be independent to rebuild parents' trust'

13 March 2022
'Inquiry must be independent to rebuild parents' trust'

There are calls for an external probe into the county council's handling of a fiasco which left special needs pupils without transport.

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'If we get this right, we are on the cusp of something special'

10 March 2022
'If we get this right, we are on the cusp of something special'

Lessons learnt from the pandemic must be used to improve health care in county, a Kent council chief has said.

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'Climate change is getting worse and the time to act is now'

09 March 2022
'Climate change is getting worse and the time to act is now'

Southern Water has pledged to reduce reduce the impact of storms in Kent by 80% by 2030.

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Fresh hope for 'mothballed' dementia village

07 March 2022
Fresh hope for 'mothballed' dementia village

A 'mothballed' dementia village in Kent could finally open under new plans.

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Doctor won't see you now - it's lunchtime!

05 March 2022
Doctor won't see you now - it's lunchtime!

Concerns have been raised about the number of GP surgeries that close at lunchtimes despite a huge backlog in patients waiting for appointments.

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'I've been here 13 years - this is the worst mistake I've seen'

03 March 2022
'I've been here 13 years - this is the worst mistake I've seen'

An independent inquiry is likely to be held into major delays in sourcing transport to take special needs children to and from school in Kent.

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Projections for summer crossings by boat 'very high'

03 March 2022
Projections for summer crossings by boat 'very high'

Concerns have been raised over more asylum seeking crossings this summer, which could be 'challenging' for Kent's councils to provide aid.

Asbestos and 'unstable walls' at school

03 March 2022
Asbestos and 'unstable walls' at school

More asbestos and structural problems have been found at a school undergoing a major £1.5million refurbishment.

Special needs nursery school could move seven miles away

25 February 2022
Special needs nursery school could move seven miles away

A rising demand for special needs places is leading KCC to seek 'more cost effective' solutions.

Dozens of homes still without power after storms

23 February 2022
Dozens of homes still without power after storms

Dozens of homes and businesses are still are still without power after recent storm damage.

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