Have your say on renewable energy . Kent County Council is taking an in-depth look at provision for renewable energy in the county over the next few months.
During spring and early summer 2010 the council's Renewable Energy Select Committee will investigate the effect on Kent of current government and local policy. They will assess the pros and cons of various types of renewable energy technology, and the role it could play in providing us with a secure and affordable energy supply in the future.
Renewable Energy Select Committee Chairman Keith Ferrin said: "This review will explore ways to support Kent's transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. In particular, we will consider what the council can do through its own operations or influence to enhance Kent's role. We will also look at the benefits to residents and businesses from the development of renewable energy. In order to conduct the review we will be hearing from a number of experts, regulators, energy suppliers and consumers. We also want to find out what you think about energy efficiency, renewable energy – in fact, all matters energy!"
Hearings are scheduled for early summer time, with a final report initially timetabled for the autumn. To make sure your views are heard email comments, concerns or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 March 2010.
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In this time of severe weather and general unwell from flu , blood donors are still needed for all types of blood. I went yesterday to St Peter's Hall. Yet again the nurses and staff were absolutely brilliant in making a very needle phobic , wimp , relaxed and special .
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out why he wanted to borrow my hat ! In the meantime I have a news release from Kent Highways. I saw the Gritters out yesterday, and I must say well done.
Latest News from County Hall
Gritting crews have been working round the clock to tackle exceptionally high snowfall in eastern parts of the county.
Overnight between Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February, some areas, such as Hythe, received up to 20cm of snow – more than double the amount predicted by the Met Office.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste Nick Chard said:
“Crews launched a pre-emptive strike before the Wednesday evening rush hour and were out again in the early hours of Thursday morning salting primary and secondary routes. They were supported by farmers who ploughed rural routes early Thursday morning.
“In the meantime we diverted salting crews from the north west of the county in order to concentrate our efforts in the affected areas – Thanet, Dover, Canterbury and Shepway.
“Throughout Thursday morning crews have been ploughing and working hard to improve the conditions on the primary routes.”
As the Chairman Designate for a really important and exciting Select Committee on Extended Services, I have an important meeting today with Rosalind Turner , Head of CFE at Kent County Council. I can't get out of my road let alone Ramsgate. Be sensible out there Kent Highways are gritting 24/7 but it is difficult to have effect whilst it is still snowing .
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Kent Health Watch is on the road this month to talk health and social care, and will film what people have to say. The dates have been set for when people can visit each of the seven Gateways, to learn more about Kent Health Watch and to share their opinions. Visitors will have the chance to be interviewed to talk about local issues on health and social care for a video diary. The completed film will show the highlights from all seven visits and will be broadcast on Kent.gov.uk in March.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health Alan Marsh will be joining the events. He said: "The aim of Kent Health Watch is to improve standards in health and social care by listening to what people have to say. "By travelling around the county, we will be able to talk face to face with people to see what issues are important and where. This is another way of finding out what is affecting the people of Kent."
"Kent Health Watch is open 24/7 and there is a caring person at the end of the phone every day of the year, including Christmas Day. In February we will be able to listen to your comments and complaints in person. So come along and tell me how we can make a change for the better."
The dates are
• Monday 8 February – Maidstone. Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
• Thursday 11 February – Ashford Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
• Friday 12 February – Thanet Gateway from 10am to 1pm
• Tuesday 16 February – Tenterden Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
• Thursday 18 February – Tonbridge Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
• Tuesday 23 February – Tunbridge Wells Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
• Thursday 25 February – Dover Gateway from 1pm to 5pm
Kent Health Watch is run by Kent County Council in partnership with the NHS. The number to call is 08458 247 103 or log on to www.kent.gov.uk/healthwatch.
I'm up at the Houses of Parliament today attending this seminar on behalf of Kent Fire and Rescue Authority.
Ann Jones from the Welsh Assembly has achieved ground breaking legislation - all new houses to be built in Wales will now have to be fitted with Fire suppression (sprinklers) Good news for Wales , now let's get this for England too.
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05 February 2010
We're tackling pot holes. Road repair crews have already fixed 10,000 potholes on Kent's roads this year. The repairs have been carried out ahead of more permanent work which Kent County Council is preparing to spend an extra £1million on from March. Kent Highway Services has 60 crews working, 20 more than usual at this time – and in one week alone in January they fixed about 6,000 potholes. Each week since they have been fixing double the amount they were repairing this time last year. They are taking a 'find and fix' approach, which means that as faults are reported the crews work in areas of greatest need. Kent County Council cabinet member for highways Nick Chard said:"We are getting on with the job of tackling potholes now that the winter weather has cleared. "Many holes appeared during 'freeze thaw' conditions in the exceptionally long, cold winter. We couldn't repair them while there was snow on the ground."Since the snow has cleared, we are getting to grips with the repairs. Repairing the damage will continue for as long as it takes and we are appealing for residents' help."To report a fault, contact Kent Highway Services on 08458 247 800, go online to www.kent.gov.uk/highways or email email@example.com
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with some brave community members of Garlinge. Very cold but great fun. We are building a clay oven at the moment. I'm looking forward to baking pizza in it.
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