Recent changes to Network Rail's train timetable has caused Kent commuters to label one of the hectic traveling days of the week, 'Meltdown Monday' Some morning services to London have been axed making commutes for some even more stressful, but new services from Medway Towns to and from Luton. Rail campaigner James Willis joined us to discuss how this will affect Kent's commuters.
Joining Paul this week, Cllr Anna Firth (CON) from Sevenoaks and Cllr Tristan Osborne (LAB) from Medway Council.
Campaigners have welcomed a move by Kent MP Tracey Crouch to minimise the dangers of fixed odds betting. The controversial terminals have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling, but will now be limited to £2 a turn. We joined avid gambling campaigner and Medway councillor Vince Maple to discuss the move.
A former nuns convent in Swanley has been closed down due to several counts of anti social behaviour. The Convent of Mercy has been taken over in recent years by other residents but Sevenoaks Council have closed the residences after a number of complaints. Leaseholder Mustafa Kemal Mustafa will have to address the concerns, Keilan Webster was live outside the closed buildings to tell us more.
The House of Lords has voted for a new inquiry looking into the British Press. The move was originally voted against by the Lords, but a Second Leveson Inquiry has now been greenlit by a majority of peers. We spoke to Professor Tim Luckhurst from the University of Kent about what this could mean for the press.
On this week's show Paul Francis and his guests discuss Medway Council's sponsorship of Gills FC, new funds available for grammar schools and more. Our line up on the couch: Conservative Cllr Andrew Mackness, Labour Cllr Clive Johnson and Matt Ramsden from the Medway Messenger.