Thousands of children across the county have been sitting the Kent Test today. The variation of the 11-plus exam will decide which students will be eligible for a grammar school place in September. Some education experts have said the entrance test is too selective and achieving a pass score is sometimes not enough to secure a place. We tested shoppers in Maidstone to see if they could answer some Kent Test questions, and were also joined by Peter Read from Kent Independent Education Advice to discuss the subject.
Environment secretary Michael Gove has said that Kent desperately needs to make sure its waters are saved from pollution. He joined others in Dover today as pollution campaigner Lewis Pugh finished his world record-breaking swim. Pugh swam 330 miles along the English Channel from Land's End to the White Cliffs. The UN Ocean's ambassador had previously called on the government to do more to tackle pollution on Kent's coastlines.
Joining us this week are Councillor Matt Burton, a Conservative who represents Park Wood ward on Maidstone Borough Council; Faversham Councillor Anthony Hook is a Liberal Democrat member of Kent County Council; and Labour's Tristan Osborne represents Luton and Wayfield ward on Medway Council.
Kent residents say they are frustrated at the pavement parking situation in the county some being affected in their everyday life. Those with wheelchairs and mobility aids fear they are being put in danger due to some parking behavior. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is calling on the Prime Minister to take action.