KCC to consider return to all-night lighting

Streetlights-LEDA preferred option to return to all-night street lighting when Kent’s new energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps are installed – meeting residents’ needs and savings targets – will be considered next week by Kent County Council members.

Work to convert the county’s 118,000 street lights to LED is due to begin in residential areas next month and will be completed within 38 months.

This will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million a year, once installed.

The newly-upgraded lighting will be connected to an individual central management system (CMS) that will allow the authority to monitor and provide optimal lighting levels in the future. (more…)

South Ashford burglaries

Kent against burglaryWe understand that five burglaries were committed in the Beaver Road area yesterday.

As was the case with these, most burglaries happen on weekdays, in daylight, when you’re more likely to be out.

Kent Police remind you:

Burglars are often opportunists who will target an open window, an unlocked door or valuables on display if they think they can get away with it.

Remember to lock up before you leave


  • double-lock uPVC doors and windows
  • keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view
  • use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look like someone is home
  • keep garden gates locked and garden boundaries secure
  • lock sheds and garages – bikes, tools and garden items could be stolen or used to break into your home
  • watch Kent Police’s video Burglary – keep your home safe

Battery risks to children

Small in size. Risk of a large problem
The poster by Newcastle City Council’s
Trading Standards department on button cell batteries.

What do key fobs, musical toy books and calculators all have in common? All three, along with some remote controls and other electrical devices are powered by small button cell batteries.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is warning parents about the dangers of children swallowing these batteries as with more and more compact electronic devices appearing in the home, the risk of children swallowing these small batteries is increasing.

We all know that very young children find out about the world by putting things in their mouths, but what many parents don’t realise is that lithium batteries react with saliva so that they leak acid within as little as an hour.

Therefore, if a child swallows a battery it can cause severe trauma, such as burning a hole in their throat or stomach or further damage to other internal organs within a few hours. (more…)

Understanding when food goes off could save you money.

Food date labelsUse by dates

These refer to food safety

Don’t eat food after this date, even if it looks and smells OK

Best before dates

These refer to food quality

Food is still safe to eat after this date, but may not be at its best

Did you know?

You can ignore ‘display until’ and ‘sell before’ dates. These are for shop staff, not shoppers.

Love Food Hate Waste, Money Advice Service

Internet Safety Taster Session

Computer userAshford Library is supporting Safer Internet Day 2016 by holding a free taster session on using the internet safely.  Delivered by Adult Education, the session will cover various aspects of using the internet safely, such as online shopping and banking, and how to recognise spam emails.

The course will take place at Ashford Gateway Plus on Tuesday 9 February from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.  Places are free but limited so please book in advance by contacting Ashford Library on 03000 41 31 31, email or call in and speak with a member of staff.

We have added this event to our calendar

Find out more about Safer Internet Day

Kent urged to keep warm and well

Kent County CouncilWith cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.

Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone although vulnerable people, including the elderly and children under five, are particularly at risk and common sense advice can help in severe weather, both at home or out and about. (more…)

Are you willing to pay £5 for additional firearms officers

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes says that she has to put 37 more firearms officers on the books here in Kent so has launched a consultation about raising an average family’s policing precept by £5 for the year to help pay for them.

She says that her current plan takes into account a 2% increase in the council tax precept but the Government has made it clear that it is assuming Police and Crime Commissioners will increase their precepts as far as they are allowed. In the case of Kent that is by £5 per year (3.4%) because Kent has one of the lowest policing precepts in the country. She would like the people of Kent to make their views known by taking part in an online poll.

She says that Kent is the border to Europe and she has a duty to make sure that the Chief Constable has the resources he needs to keep us as safe as possible in these difficult times.

The consultation closes on Friday 15 January 2016

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner