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‘Ongoing bin crisis will take months to sort out…’

‘Ongoing bin crisis will take months to sort out…’

Residents could be in for a long wait in getting their bin collections up-to-date, according to the guest of this week’s Kent Politics Podcast.

New tenants set to move in to busy shopping complex revealed

New tenants set to move in to busy shopping complex revealed

A moving-in date for an upmarket retailer has been confirmed as multiple tenants including a council prepare to take over a busy shopping district.

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Illegal cigarettes worth £200k seized in crackdown

Illegal cigarettes worth £200k seized in crackdown

A council is among the best in the country for cracking down on the sale of illicit tobacco, it has been revealed.

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Rebel councillors join calls for rethink over parking changes

Rebel councillors join calls for rethink over parking changes

A decision to introduce parking fees across parts of a borough have been “called in” by councillors who hope to see the plan dropped.

Michael Gove could have final say on school’s cricket nets plan

Michael Gove could have final say on school’s cricket nets plan

Plans for a 10-lane cricket net facility at a grammar school could be considered by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up.

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Mayor made ‘false allegations to police to intimidate member of public’

Mayor made ‘false allegations to police to intimidate member of public’

A town mayor found to have made false harassment allegations against a member of the public in an attempt to “intimidate” him has defended himself.

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£60m relief road plans ‘to be submitted this year’

£60m relief road plans ‘to be submitted this year’

A planning application for a long-awaited link road is expected to be lodged later this year with the scheme completed before the end of 2028.

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‘Lib Dems appear to be making a comeback – but why not in Kent?’

‘Lib Dems appear to be making a comeback – but why not in Kent?’

The Lib Dems seem to be having a problem gaining traction in Kent - and political editor Paul Francis thinks it could be all down to Labour...

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‘You’ve missed our potholes from your plan’

‘You’ve missed our potholes from your plan’

Desperate residents say they need their streets fixing fast as a council argues it needs £50 million to get the job done.

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Conservatives only group to field candidate for every seat in local elections

Conservatives only group to field candidate for every seat in local elections

More than 160 candidates from eight parties will be looking for your vote in May’s local elections.

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'Don’t let Olympics allow people smugglers in'

'Don’t let Olympics allow people smugglers in'

Concerns are being raised that people smugglers might take advantage of a shortfall in police numbers caused by this summer’s Paris Olympics.

House building targets? “I’m relaxed about it”

House building targets? “I’m relaxed about it”

Council leader tells Kent Politics Podcast that house building needs to speed up.

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‘It will take years to sort out councils’ hollowed-out finances’

‘It will take years to sort out councils’ hollowed-out finances’

This week’s Kent Politics Podcast special guest takes aim at the Government over its funding of councils across the county.

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Mixed response to PM’s crackdown on attacks on shop workers

Mixed response to PM’s crackdown on attacks on shop workers

There’s been a mixed response to a planned crackdown on attacks on shop workers from the three candidates vying to be the county’s crime commissioner.

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Boundary changes ‘confusing’ for voters

Boundary changes ‘confusing’ for voters

Recent boundary changes have left voters confused after they’ve found themselves in two places at once.

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Housing plan ‘a significant setback’ for borough’s residents

Housing plan ‘a significant setback’ for borough’s residents

A countryside charity says it has been left “deeply disheartened” over a council’s house-building plan due to “critical failings”.

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New town council bid dismissed as ‘talking shop for busybodies’

New town council bid dismissed as ‘talking shop for busybodies’

A campaign to set up a new town council has been defeated after it was slated by critics and was supported by just 700 people.

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MPs demand answers on ‘gaping hole’ on checks on lorries

MPs demand answers on ‘gaping hole’ on checks on lorries

MPs have ordered a minister to address concerns raised by port chiefs over the decision to move bio-security checks on imported goods 22 miles inland.

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‘Ugly’ ventilation units ‘destroying iconic Kent view’ to be moved

‘Ugly’ ventilation units ‘destroying iconic Kent view’ to be moved

“Unsightly” and controversial ventilation units ruining one of the most iconic views in Britain are set to be moved.

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Lib Dem leader's visit signals party's intent

Lib Dem leader's visit signals party's intent

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey visited Kent ahead of local elections.

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More staff brought in to deal with bin backlog

More staff brought in to deal with bin backlog

More staff and extra collection days are being implemented and a council has apologised after a huge number of missed bin collections.

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Future use of flats confirmed after young people evicted

Future use of flats confirmed after young people evicted

The future use of flats previously occupied by young people in the care system and mooted as an option for asylum-seeking children has been confirmed.

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Three candidates for police and crime commissioner election

Three candidates for police and crime commissioner election

It’s a three horse race for this year’s police and crime commissioner election in May.

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‘The Labour Party isn't for working people any more’

‘The Labour Party isn't for working people any more’

From New Jersey to Parliament? We spoke to the Lib Dem candidate hoping to win in a newly formed constituency at the next general election.

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‘It’s meant to be a beautiful urban oasis but it’s a polluted eyesore’

‘It’s meant to be a beautiful urban oasis but it’s a polluted eyesore’

Fishing tackle, syringes, traffic cones, soiled underwear and drink bottles and cans were just some of the things found in a litter-strewn millpond.

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Residents baffled by ‘diabolical’ new parking permit scheme

Residents baffled by ‘diabolical’ new parking permit scheme

Frustrated residents have branded a council's new parking permit scheme "diabolical" just days after it was launched.

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Play area climbing frame removed after safety inspection

Play area climbing frame removed after safety inspection

A climbing frame in a children’s play park has been removed after an inspection highlighted safety concerns and ‘extensive repairs’ needed.

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Asylum-seeking teens won’t be housed at care home after u-turn

Asylum-seeking teens won’t be housed at care home after u-turn

Controversial plans for 50 asylum seeking-teenagers to move into a former care home from next month that led to protests have been scrapped.

‘People worry about the cost of living not gimmicks like Rwanda…’

‘People worry about the cost of living not gimmicks like Rwanda…’

The man hoping to become Dover’s next MP says the government has lost touch with what ordinary people actually want.

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‘The tide is turning towards us’

‘The tide is turning towards us’

A Green Party candidate is hoping it will be fifth time lucky when he stands at the next General Election.

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Kent set for first-ever Lib Dem MP as poll predicts 10 Tories will be ousted

Kent set for first-ever Lib Dem MP as poll predicts 10 Tories will be ousted

The Conservatives will lose 10 Kent MPs and the Liberal Democrats will win their first-ever seat in the county, according to a major new poll.

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'Nothing to hide' as councillor declarations probed after anonymous email

'Nothing to hide' as councillor declarations probed after anonymous email

Two councillors are facing claims they should have declared stakes in firms they own after what one has branded a “politically motivated” complaint.

Glimmer of hope for campaign to restore key bridge

Glimmer of hope for campaign to restore key bridge

Campaigners fighting for the transformation of a dilapidated town bridge have been offered a faint ray of hope, as an ownership debate continues.

Families reaching ‘crisis point’ trying to navigate SEND services

Families reaching ‘crisis point’ trying to navigate SEND services

There are “inconsistencies" in the way children with special education needs in one part of Kent are treated, an inspection has uncovered.

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Anger grows over proposals to house asylum seekers in care home

Anger grows over proposals to house asylum seekers in care home

A protest has been held against plans to turn a seaside care home into a centre for asylum seekers.

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Nearly 5,000 asylum seekers cross Channel in 2024

Nearly 5,000 asylum seekers cross Channel in 2024

This year nearly 5,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Channel to the UK according to the latest figures, with 349 arriving people just yesterday.

Major new poll reveals which Kent seats Labour are set to win

Major new poll reveals which Kent seats Labour are set to win

The Conservatives could be reduced to just six MPs in Kent at the General Election, a major new poll has found.

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Kent Politics Podcast: Council boss says small boats crisis could last years

Kent Politics Podcast: Council boss says small boats crisis could last years

This week’s Kent Politics Podcast welcomes Dover’s council leader who says the county will have a problem with small boats for a long time to come.

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Kent MP to receive a damehood

Kent MP to receive a damehood

An MP has been awarded a damehood for her services to parliament and the public.

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Plans to house asylum seekers in care home

Plans to house asylum seekers in care home

A county council plans to house asylum-seeking children in a new care home has faced backlash from senior politicians.

Residents to see portion of council tax rise by more than 150%

Residents to see portion of council tax rise by more than 150%

Some parish council precepts have increased by more than £150% due to “increased IT costs” and “recreation equipment funding”.

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‘We’re not NIMBYs - this just doesn’t work’: Opposition mounts to 2,500 garden village plan

‘We’re not NIMBYs - this just doesn’t work’: Opposition mounts to 2,500 garden village plan

Villagers have staged a protest outside a council chamber over proposals being brought forward to build thousands of new homes on the green belt.

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Drink-drive Tory is ousted by party

Drink-drive Tory is ousted by party

A county councillor has had the whip removed after being convicted of drink driving, despite leaders of the council initially backing him.

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Nominations for May local elections are open

Nominations for May local elections are open

The combination of borough and parish council elections together will see voters in one town electing 374 councillors.

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