Local News

Two new schools for Maidstone!

I'm delighted that the Government has approved plans to open two new schools for children in Maidstone.

£300 fine for lorry drivers sleeping in lay-bys

The Government is introducing £300 spot fines for lorry drivers who sleep in their cabs for two night in a row.

Under EU rules, drivers must take a weekly break that averages 45 hours.

Children could miss school due to bus changes

Children from growing villages like Headcorn, Sutton Valence, Langley, should have at least two direct buses to school each morning so that they can have a good start to the day and don’t miss out on lessons or breakfast clubs.

Junior doctors moved from Kent and Canterbury hospital

I’m deeply disappointed to hear there's to be a reduction in the number of Junior Doctors at Kent and Canterbury Hospital as the Trust has been unable to recruit enough consultants to oversee their training.

Medway Maritime hospital no longer in special measures

I’m delighted that Medway Maritime Hospital has turned things around, and is no longer in special measures following its latest CQC inspection. This is great news as it means patients are receiving better care.

Business bus motors into town

A 32 tonne, 40ft long lorry packed with business experts rolled into the carpark at Maidstone Studios on Tuesday.

I'm concerned about Kent and Canterbury Urgent Care Centre

I have been contacted by people concerned about reports that the Kent and Canterbury Urgent Care Centre could be closed. I’m worried too, and have sought reassurance from Matthew Kershaw, the Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.

Overhaul of train tickets announced

I was pleased to see the announcement from the Rail Delivery Group that 'radical changes' to rail ticket prices will be introduced to offer passengers the best value fares.