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Crossing branded 'stupidly expensive'

21 February 2020
Crossing branded 'stupidly expensive'

Plans to build a £6.8bn crossing have been branded 'stupidly expensive' by councillors.

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338 children in council care went missing last year

19 February 2020
338 children in council care went missing last year

More than 300 children under the care of Kent County Council went missing last year, with some still untraceable.

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Surgery moved from hospital

13 February 2020
Surgery moved from hospital

Hundreds of patients who undergo a type of planned surgery will soon have to travel to another hospital instead.

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Vote to decide how much council tax you pay

12 February 2020
Vote to decide how much council tax you pay

Councillors are set to vote on whether householders will have to pay on average an extra £46 a year.

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Police must slash £9m from budget

11 February 2020
Police must slash £9m from budget

The county's police force has been told to slash £9 million from its budget in the next financial year.

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Hospital bosses to face public grilling

29 January 2020
Hospital bosses to face public grilling

Top NHS officials have been summoned to a public meeting to explain what is being done to prevent more deaths of newborns.

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Lorries could be banned from rural roads

24 January 2020
Lorries could be banned from rural roads

A system to restrict lorry drivers from using rural roads and thundering through villages is set to be trialled in Kent.

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Plan to ban cars in town centres

23 January 2020
Plan to ban cars in town centres

A radical proposal to ban cars from Kent town centres in light of the climate change emergency appears to be gathering support.

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Bid to drop £71k anti-knife crime fund fails

17 January 2020
Bid to drop £71k anti-knife crime fund fails

A plan to use funds earmarked for tackling knife crime to hire two Trading Standards officers was described as "extraordinary".

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New homes mean primary must double places

09 January 2020
New homes mean primary must double places

Schools are set to increase their capacity by as much as twofold in order to cater for children living at new housing developments.

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'Don't close children's care home'

08 January 2020
'Don't close children's care home'

Dozens of objectors have urged a council not to close a care home for youngsters which was recently rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Parking permit costs could triple

08 January 2020
Parking permit costs could triple

A bid to sharply increase the cost of residential parking permits could see homeowners with three or more vehicles paying £135 a year.

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Go-kart centre plans hit the brakes

27 December 2019
Go-kart centre plans hit the brakes

Plans for the first electric go-kart circuit in the county have been halted after a heated debate between councillors.

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Town centre pub set for redevelopment

20 December 2019
Town centre pub set for redevelopment

A town centre pub built in the 1930s will be turned into a block of flats despite objections from neighbours.

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General Election 2019 result for Sevenoaks

12 December 2019
General Election 2019 result for Sevenoaks

Find out who will represent your constituency.

Historic school to be knocked down

05 December 2019
Historic school to be knocked down

Around 860 grammar school pupils are being moved into a "modern" six-storey building.

Village facing 11 years of lorry hell

05 December 2019
Village facing 11 years of lorry hell

Opposition from more than 150 residents and three councils was not enough to stop a council U-turn on lorries travelling through a village.

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PCSOs given extra powers

21 November 2019
PCSOs given extra powers

Four new powers have been given to PCSOs to tackle crime across the county.

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Science park set for £5m upgrade

21 November 2019
Science park set for £5m upgrade

Hundreds of homes, a 75-bedroom hotel, and a petrol station with a drive-through coffee shop have been earmarked for a business centre.

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Ex-council leader defends scrapping school plan

21 November 2019
Ex-council leader defends scrapping school plan

A former council leader has fiercely defended the decision to scrap plans for a new secondary school.

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