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…)

Contract awarded to convert street lights to LED

Streetlights-LEDThe contract to convert Kent’s 118,000 streetlights to energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology has been awarded to engineering and infrastructure firm Bouygues Energies & Services.

The newly upgraded lighting will be connected to an individual central management system (CMS) that will allow Kent County Council to monitor and adapt lighting levels in the future.

Work to convert streetlights to LED is due to begin in residential areas in March 2016 and will be completed within 38 months. Once completed, this will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million a year. (more…)

Application for use of Leacon Road site as lorry park

Brett’s have applied for retrospective, temporary planning permission for use of their site off of Leacon Road as a ‘transit point for exchange of trailers’. The site, that is opposite the Ford and was previously an aggregates treatment plant, is allocated for housing in the Council’s Urban Sites and Infrastructure Development Plan Document.

Use of the site for what appeared to be a lorry park commenced last March. It seems that Ashford Borough Council have advised Brett’s that planning permission for change of use is required. The application states that the site is currently being used by ‘ETS Forwarding Ltd’, who wish to continue to operate from the site until permanent premises are found. The change of use is requested for two years.

The planning application can be viewed on ABC’s website.


Learn to Fix your Bicycle

cycle repairs photoCycleWorkshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance – bike setup, puncture repair, brake and gear adjustment.  The relaxed 4-hour sessions are delivered at Cycle Circle’s workshop in Norfolk Drive, Ashford (TN23 4FB).

The cost is subsidised by Active Ashford – just £20 (and redeemable against tools on the day).

You can book one of the dates via Cycle Circle’s website

  • 13th February, 2016
  • 9th April, 2016
  • 4th June, 2016
  • 10th September, 2016

All of the workshops run from 10.00 – 14.00

We have added these dates to our calendar

M20 Junction 10A Consultation

highwaysenglandHighways England (HE) will be carrying out community consultation to obtain feedback on our plans for M20 junction 10a. The consultation will run for nine weeks, from Thursday 14 January until Thursday 17 March 2016.

You can find out the full details of our consultation by looking at the Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) (please see Publications below)

You can give your views by:

  • completing our online survey, which will be live from 14 January 2015 until Thursday 17 March 2016
  • attending a public consultation exhibition and complete a questionnaire


Consultation on new lorry area

Proposals for a major new lorry area that would help improve Kent’s resilience when services across the English Channel are disrupted have been announced today.

Two potential sites near the M20 have been identified for the lorry area, along with four broad ways it could be used. Each option would help to prevent the need for the M20 to be closed when there is disruption to cross-channel services.

The consultation asks for views on the suitability of each proposed sites, and on how it should be operated.

Highways England and Andrew Jones MP 11 December 2015 (more…)

Become a cycling instructor

Kent County CouncilAre you interested in becoming a cycling instructor?

To find out about vacancies or for further information on KCC’s National Standard Instructor training course carried out in partnership with Cycle Training UK, please contact the Bikeability team on 03000 41 81 81 or at

These 4 day courses will be run at Ashford Rugby Club on the following dates:

  • 18, 19, 25 and 26 January 2016
  • 9, 10, 16 and 17 May 2016
  • 10, 11, 17 and 18 October 2016