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‘We have £1m to start relief road plans'

28 February 2024
‘We have £1m to start relief road plans'

Plans for a relief road could move one step closer after a council revealed £1m has been set aside for the project.

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Tory who behaved ‘inappropriately’ to two women may stand down

27 February 2024
Tory who behaved ‘inappropriately’ to two women may stand down

A councillor temporarily suspended by his party after complaints from two women says ill health may prevent him from contesting the seat.

Councillor rapped for leak about leisure centre move

27 February 2024
Councillor rapped for leak about leisure centre move

A Green party representative who published private details about discussions over a town’s leisure centre says he stands by what he did.

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Council leader ‘more interested in self-preservation than people of Kent’

26 February 2024
Council leader ‘more interested in self-preservation than people of Kent’

A Tory has resigned from several committees and launched an astonishing attack on her party’s leadership.

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One in five students gain place at grammar school after failing 11+

26 February 2024
One in five students gain place at grammar school after failing 11+

More than 20% of pupils are getting into grammar schools without taking the Kent Test route.

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‘Our village is becoming the Wild West – but don’t blame the travellers’

25 February 2024
‘Our village is becoming the Wild West – but don’t blame the travellers’

Our reporter takes a look at what is being done to help a quiet village struggling with a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour.

KCC members approve budget amid concerns over its financial viability

19 February 2024
KCC members approve budget amid concerns over its financial viability

Under-pressure Kent County Council has passed its annual budget amid continued pressure surrounding its long-term financial viability.

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Campaigners prepare for ‘David and Goliath battle’ to save village green

10 February 2024
Campaigners prepare for ‘David and Goliath battle’ to save village green

Campaigners who want to stop hundreds of homes being built on green space say they urgently need financial support to fight their case.

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Hiring 11-plus tutors is a ‘waste of money’ says ex-education adviser

10 February 2024
Hiring 11-plus tutors is a ‘waste of money’ says ex-education adviser

A leading education expert has claimed hiring tutors to help your kid pass the 11-plus and claim a coveted grammar school place is a waste of money.

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‘Cuts have consequences’: Warning as Kent Police asked to make £35m savings

07 February 2024
‘Cuts have consequences’: Warning as Kent Police asked to make £35m savings

The county’s police force has been asked to find £35million worth of savings in the next five years with the prospect of job losses looming.

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‘Trust in policing is still there – but there’s work to do’

06 February 2024
‘Trust in policing is still there – but there’s work to do’

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner has responded to a survey quizzing the county’s residents on their perceptions of the force and crime rates.

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‘Business has just died’: Pub’s trade hit by gas works

06 February 2024
‘Business has just died’: Pub’s trade hit by gas works

The landlord of a popular village pub says he has lost half of his takings after passing trade plummeted during a road closure for gas works.

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Council faces criticism over £7.6k ‘Brussels office’

05 February 2024
Council faces criticism over £7.6k ‘Brussels office’

A cash-strapped council has questions to answer over its decision to spend more than £7,000 a year renting out office space in Belgium, critics say.

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Plans to chop community warden roles to come under scrutiny

05 February 2024
Plans to chop community warden roles to come under scrutiny

Plans to slash the county’s community warden scheme to make £1 million in savings are due to be put before county hall for extra scrutiny.

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Offers made for KCC Headquarters

02 February 2024
Offers made for KCC Headquarters

The council are considering offers made for County Hall.

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More than 300 pothole insurance claims in one month

01 February 2024
More than 300 pothole insurance claims in one month

Kent’s crumbling roads saw a year-on-year increase in pothole reports as well as the highest number of insurance and drainage inquiries in years

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Figures reveal soaring cost of providing free school transport

01 February 2024
Figures reveal soaring cost of providing free school transport

New figures published by Kent County Council have laid bare the rise in cost of providing home to school transport.

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Former care home to house asylum-seeking children

31 January 2024
Former care home to house asylum-seeking children

A former care home is to be converted into a reception centre for teenage refugees.

Hundreds of jobs at risk at KCC

31 January 2024
Hundreds of jobs at risk at KCC

Hundreds of jobs at Kent County Council are at risk as the authority continues to look at ways to cut costs.

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Work on a £5m roundabout revamp to start

30 January 2024
Work on a £5m roundabout revamp to start

Work is due to begin at a major roundabout, just off the M20, which includes scrapping the traffic lights and increasing capacity by up to 60%.

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