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Last-ditch attempt to save £4.3m pavilion plan fails

Last-ditch attempt to save £4.3m pavilion plan fails

01 March 2024

An attempt to overturn a government decision to withdraw multi-million pound funds needed for a new community sports centre to progress has failed.

‘If this continues we will not be able to sustain our future’

‘If this continues we will not be able to sustain our future’

01 March 2024

Councillors have warned next year could be ‘terminal’ for KCC’s finances, as a report finds half of councils are on the brink.

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Traffic zones scrapped and 2,000 homes set for near uni

Traffic zones scrapped and 2,000 homes set for near uni

01 March 2024

A city’s controversial traffic zoning plans will be scrapped while new land is earmarked for thousands of homes.

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Social care changes could be ‘devastating’ for disabled

Social care changes could be ‘devastating’ for disabled

01 March 2024

Plans to change how care costs are calculated could affect 15,000 disabled people.

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Free swimming and Dickens festival scrapped as Medway Council’s budget gets approval

Free swimming and Dickens festival scrapped as Medway Council’s budget gets approval

01 March 2024

Plans to cut free swimming and two festivals have been approved along with Medway Council’s budget.

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Long-standing councillor to stand to be Kent MP

Long-standing councillor to stand to be Kent MP

01 March 2024

A former council leader has been selected by his party to stand for them at the next general election.

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Kent Politics Podcast: Tracey Crouch on why she’s stepping away from politics

Kent Politics Podcast: Tracey Crouch on why she’s stepping away from politics

01 March 2024

In the latest episode of Kent Politics Podcast we speak to Tracey Crouch about her shock decision to not stand at the next election.

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Police called to council meeting after Gaza protest

Police called to council meeting after Gaza protest

29 February 2024

A council meeting was adjourned after activists began heckling councillors over the Israel-Gaza war.

Council gets government bailout to avoid bankruptcy

Council gets government bailout to avoid bankruptcy

29 February 2024

A cash-strapped local authority has been granted its request for “exceptional financial support” in order to balance the books and avoid bankruptcy.

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Security checks to continue at huge lorry site 22 miles from Dover

Security checks to continue at huge lorry site 22 miles from Dover

29 February 2024

The government plans to continue using a lorry holding site for biosecurity checks – even though it is 22 miles from the Port of Dover.

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Deputy leader of Medway Tories resigns

Deputy leader of Medway Tories resigns

29 February 2024

The deputy leader of the Medway Conservatives has left the party over a disagreement with colleagues.

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Battery plan for giant Kent solar farm rejected after four-hour debate

Battery plan for giant Kent solar farm rejected after four-hour debate

28 February 2024

A battery safety plan for what is set to be the UK’s biggest solar farm has been rejected.

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MPs blast ‘short-sighted’ plans to axe free swimming

MPs blast ‘short-sighted’ plans to axe free swimming

28 February 2024

Three MPs have combined forces in a bid to persuade a council to reverse its intention to cut free swimming for children and the elderly.

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A ‘pedestrian-friendly’ square and revamped castle: £22m work set to start within months

A ‘pedestrian-friendly’ square and revamped castle: £22m work set to start within months

28 February 2024

An ambitious £22 million project designed to boost a city’s infrastructure and draw in crowds is set to start within months.

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Two councillors suspended after ‘Christmas party fight’

Two councillors suspended after ‘Christmas party fight’

27 February 2024

Two councillors have been suspended after reports of a fight at a Christmas party.

‘Money is blooming tight’: Council votes for tax rise

‘Money is blooming tight’: Council votes for tax rise

27 February 2024

Residents in the county town can expect to see their share of council tax rise after councillors voted for an increase.

‘We provide a choice beyond the two-party race for Westminster’

‘We provide a choice beyond the two-party race for Westminster’

27 February 2024

A teacher and mum-of-two is hoping to become the first MP to represent a newly formed Kent constituency at the next general election.

‘We need you to help us come up with plan for peninsula’

‘We need you to help us come up with plan for peninsula’

27 February 2024

Fifty residents are being sought to join a panel to consider what infrastructure their area needs.

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

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

27 February 2024

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

Councillor rapped for leak about leisure centre move

27 February 2024

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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