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Christmas market shut down was 'right decision'

24 January 2021
Christmas market shut down was 'right decision'

Closing a Christmas market in the eleventh hour was "the right decision" and "in the public interest" according to councillors.

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Covid cases drop but 'we're not out of the woods yet'

21 January 2021
Covid cases drop but 'we're not out of the woods yet'

A warning of cautious optimism has been given as coronavirus cases drop in the county.

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Cycle scheme plans branded 'unimaginative'

20 January 2021
Cycle scheme plans branded 'unimaginative'

Plans to use government funding for more pop-up cycle lanes have been called unimaginative.

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Beds for Covid-positive care home residents more than half full

19 January 2021
Beds for Covid-positive care home residents more than half full

The 70 beds at three 'hot homes' for care home residents being discharged from hospital with coronavirus are now more than half full.

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Coroners dealing with 'distressing' number of deaths

18 January 2021
Coroners dealing with 'distressing' number of deaths

Extra staff have been drafted in to deal with the number of deaths being referred to the coroner's office.

Nurseries 'hugely relieved' over government support

15 January 2021
Nurseries 'hugely relieved' over government support

Cash-strapped nurseries are welcoming much-needed financial support from the government amid the pandemic.

Fastrack bus scheme on hold over Brexit customs park

15 January 2021
Fastrack bus scheme on hold over Brexit customs park

Plans to connect a green bus route to a new customs park for lorries have resulted in a hold-up

Concern mounts over KCC council tax hike

14 January 2021
Concern mounts over KCC council tax hike

Questions are being asked over a tax rise, designed to 'bolster' KCC reserves.

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Covid-hit groups to get help from council crowdfunder

14 January 2021
Covid-hit groups to get help from council crowdfunder

A crowdfunder will be launched to help groups who have lost funds due to the pandemic.

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Politicians divided over border closure

12 January 2021
Politicians divided over border closure

There has been a difference of opinion at County Hall over the decision to shut the French border with the UK which saw lorries stranded on the M20.

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Ten new Covid-19 test centres to open

11 January 2021
Ten new Covid-19 test centres to open

Another 10 symptom-free coronavirus testing sites are set to open in Kent this month.

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Covid marshal sacked after 'aggressive' stop and search

08 January 2021
Covid marshal sacked after 'aggressive' stop and search

A coronavirus marshal was let go with immediate effect after chasing and grabbing a resident walking to the shops.

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Climate change: Council's £475k action plan

07 January 2021
Climate change: Council's £475k action plan

A council's housing and building stock will be 'decarbonised' in one of many measures to help it tackle the climate emergency and become carbon zero.

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Councils could get 'incentive' cash to drive up recycling rates

06 January 2021
Councils could get 'incentive' cash to drive up recycling rates

A £6.5million package has been offered by KCC to authorities in some areas of the county to recycle more black bin bag waste.

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KCC proposes 5% hike in council tax

06 January 2021
KCC proposes 5% hike in council tax

Kent County Council has proposed a 5% rise in council tax as it plans its budget for the next financial year.

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Plans for social media surveillance powers

05 January 2021
Plans for social media surveillance powers

Councillors area being asked if officers should be able to put social media under surveillance to prevent crimes.

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'Decision on schools is nonsensical'

04 January 2021
'Decision on schools is nonsensical'

Councillors back leader's call to close schools in more districts in Kent.

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Council reveals £200m plan to tackle climate change

31 December 2020
Council reveals £200m plan to tackle climate change

A council has revealed 'ambitious' £200m plans to help reduce its carbon emissions through measures such as replacing its cars with electric vehicles.

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Vaccine rollout is 'marathon not sprint'

17 December 2020
Vaccine rollout is 'marathon not sprint'

Health bosses have said the vaccine roll out will take time to make it to all 1.8 million residents in Kent.

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'It will irrecoverably harm our environment'

11 December 2020
'It will irrecoverably harm our environment'

A Tory councillor's opposition to the £6.8billion Lower Thames Crossing prompted him to take a stand against his party.

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