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Katie May Nelson, local democracy reporter

£2m costs force council to look for new home

27 November 2020
£2m costs force council to look for new home

Spiralling costs to maintain the condition of a council's listed 1970s-built headquarters has been revealed as the reason behind thoughts to relocate.

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Slaver car park name change draws closer

27 November 2020
Slaver car park name change draws closer

A car park bearing the name of a 16th Century slave trader has drawn a step closer to be renamed after councillors agreed to official proposals.

Meeting held over dangerous road

26 November 2020
Meeting held over dangerous road

An MP has met with council officers to discuss what can be done about the main route onto the Hoo Peninsula.

Pictures reveal landmark building's future

26 November 2020
Pictures reveal landmark building's future

New images have been released showing how a major town centre building could look when it is revamped as apartments with a rooftop bar.

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Mass vaccination sites to be set up in Kent

19 November 2020
Mass vaccination sites to be set up in Kent

The organisation in charge of healthcare in the county has met to discuss setting up three sites where coronavirus vaccine jabs can be given en masse.

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'We can't take any more asylum-seeking children'

18 November 2020
'We can't take any more asylum-seeking children'

A council leader says his local authority cannot afford to look after any more unaccompanied children who arrive from overseas.

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Less than 1% of disability hate crimes end in court

16 November 2020
Less than 1% of disability hate crimes end in court

A freedom of information request has revealed the number of people reporting disability hate crimes has gone down over the last two years.

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Paramedics could be put up in hotels post Brexit

13 November 2020
Paramedics could be put up in hotels post Brexit

Ambulance crews and paramedics may be put up in hotels to ensure they can get to work if Brexit causes travel disruption across the county.

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Success of free food for kids leaves bitter taste

05 November 2020
Success of free food for kids leaves bitter taste

A council leader has accused his opposite number of "politicising" the issue of extending free school meal provision.

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'We have fed 5,000 hungry kids'

03 November 2020
'We have fed 5,000 hungry kids'

Thousands of children across Medway have benefited from a scheme to help families in need over half term.

'Fatalities will continue if we don't do anything now'

03 November 2020
'Fatalities will continue if we don't do anything now'

Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of a major road following a fatal collision.

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Castle cable car plan's £1.5m boost

22 October 2020
Castle cable car plan's £1.5m boost

A proposal for a cable car to link an iconic castle with the town it overlooks has been granted £1.5 million in funding.

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Frustrated councillors 'kept in the dark' over customs site

22 October 2020
Frustrated councillors 'kept in the dark' over customs site

Councillors are demanding they are informed of any future decisions surrounding the planned customs clearance site at Dover

Council cash to bail out trading arm

20 October 2020
Council cash to bail out trading arm

Public funds have been pumped into a council's commercial trading arm amid a dire financial year.

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Staff made redundant at sports centre

20 October 2020
Staff made redundant at sports centre

Employees at a council-run leisure centre have been made redundant after it was closed to make way for a multi-million pound makeover.

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School, wedding venue and homes planned for former quarry

20 October 2020
School, wedding venue and homes planned for former quarry

People living near a former disused quarry are concerned over plans for hundreds of homes, a school and a wedding venue.

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Park artwork branded 'distressing'

06 October 2020
Park artwork branded 'distressing'

Controversial artwork that went on public display at a council-run park has been described as a 'ridiculous project'.

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1,800 patients may have been harmed by failed provider

05 October 2020
1,800 patients may have been harmed by failed provider

Around 1,800 patients of a failed dermatology provider may have come to harm during their chaotic tenure in Kent.

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Spread a little kindness in lockdown

07 May 2020
Spread a little kindness in lockdown

Youngsters have been working to raise a smile by spreading kindness in their community.

'My mum's funeral flowers were thrown away'

06 May 2020
'My mum's funeral flowers were thrown away'

A man was left waiting for an apology after council operatives mistakenly threw away floral tributes to his mother.

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