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Podcast: Heat health alert issued for Kent with temperatures set to soar

Podcast: Heat health alert issued for Kent with temperatures set to soar

June 15, 2022

A heat health alert has been issued for Kent as we get our first real blast of summer.

Vulnerable people, including very young children and the elderly, are being urged to take particular care as temperatures rise.

Hear from Kent's director of public health who's got advice on how to stay cool.

Also in today's podcast, we have an update on yesterday's top story after a flight that was due to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda failed to take off.

A project worker at a homelessness charity in Canterbury has responded to the idea of setting up overdose prevention centres in Kent.

It's being suggested by a leading academic - we have a reminder of what Professor Alex Stevens said and what Paul Todd from Catching Lives has to say.

A Canterbury woman says she's been made to feel like a criminal after being wrongly accused of throwing a cigarette butt from her car window.

We've got a response from the company employed to crack down on those littering in the city.

We've also been speaking to the Kent Community Foundation who've launched a major piece of research looking at the impact of the pandemic on Kent.

And find out why there appears to be a bit of a row brewing between Kent and Essex over the future of the masts from a famous bomb ship.

Podcast: Anger over increase in number of self-checkout tills at Sainsbury’s in Maidstone

Podcast: Anger over increase in number of self-checkout tills at Sainsbury’s in Maidstone

June 14, 2022

Love them or loathe them? There's a bit of debate raging about self-checkout tills in supermarkets.

It has been sparked by a decision by Sainsbury's to increase the number available at their store in Maidstone.

In turn, they have dramatically cut the number of tills where an actual person will serve you.

Find out what shoppers and the supermarket have had to say.

Also in today's podcast, the first flight taking asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda is due to leave this evening.

Hear from Bridget Chapman from the Kent Refugee Action Network as controversy over the policy continues.

A football club in Kent has become the latest to back a campaign calling for a ban on gambling advertising and sponsorship within the game.

Hear from James Grimes who set up The Big Step after struggling with a gambling addiction for 12 years.

We've also been speaking to the chairman of Tonbridge Angels who are supporting his idea.

Plus, find out where in Kent has been named as one of the most insta-worthy days out in the UK.

And we've got details on a supermoon to look out for.

Podcast: Tributes paid to tree surgeon who died after being crushed at National Trust property in Kent

Podcast: Tributes paid to tree surgeon who died after being crushed at National Trust property in Kent

June 13, 2022

The partner of a tree surgeon who died after being crushed at a National Trust property in Kent has described her as 'a beautiful soul, strong and inspirational'.

Debbie Austin was working to bring down the diseased Ash tree at Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks when it happened last December.

Also in today's podcast, two legal challenges have been taking place today just hours before the first flight is due to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda.

The controversial policy was announced by the Prime Minister during a visit to Lydd earlier this year.

Hear from Boris Johnson and a charity who are against the idea.

As the price of fuel continues to rise, we've been finding out how businesses in Kent are being affected.

According to the RAC, the price of a litre of petrol has risen by a penny a day over the last week.

We've spoken to a travel firm based near Dover and a self-employed security officer from Chatham.

An audio trail, which shares the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, has launched in Maidstone. 

The 'Not a Phase' tour celebrates real stories through a series of interactive QR codes dotted around the town centre. 

And find out how we could use our gardens to help protect pollinators that are in decline.

We've been speaking to a leading expert after a report said populations of flying insects have decreased by 60 percent in the last 20 years.

 

Podcast: Biker left injured after crash on A249 near Sittingbourne

Podcast: Biker left injured after crash on A249 near Sittingbourne

June 10, 2022

A biker says she was left lying in a road in pain as other motorists passed her by following a crash.

Zara Parr came off her motorbike after a crash on the A249 near Sittingbourne.

She's now appealing to find the good Samaritans who did finally stop to help.

Also in today's podcast, a Dartford man with cerebral palsy says aeroplane staff need to be better trained to support disabled passengers.

It's after a woman who's paralysed from the neck down had to wait on a plane for more than an hour and a half because no staff came to help her.

A Medway primary school has been rated inadequate by Ofsted, and told funding could be stripped.

Inspectors visited Featherby Juniors in Gillingham last December and raised concerns about children's ability to read.

It's feared communities living along the Kent coast may be forced to move because of rising sea levels.

The Environment Agency says flooding and coastal erosion pose the biggest threats to towns and cities.

Hear from a Sheppey man whose neighbour's house had already collapsed into the sea.

A section of the A249 is going to be closed this weekend as part of major roadworks.

£92 million is being spent on upgrading the Stockbury Roundabout at Junction 5 of the M2, in a bid to ease congestion - we've had an update from the project manager.

And, Pride returns to Canterbury this weekend.

Hear from the 13-yera-old schoolboy who's bringing his drag act back to the main stage.

 

Podcast: Woman caught defecating outside shop on The Old High Street in Folkestone

Podcast: Woman caught defecating outside shop on The Old High Street in Folkestone

June 9, 2022

A shopkeeper has spoken of his shock after discovering a woman had defecated outside his store.
Colin White checked CCTV from the shop thinking a pet owner had failed to clean up after their pet - it was then he discovered it was human faeces.
Also in today's podcast, the cost of filling up a family sized car has now topped 100-pounds for the first time.
Hear from Kent fuel campaigner Howard Cox who is again calling on the chancellor to take urgent action.
Dame Emma Thompson has criticised the government's plan to send some asylum seekers who've arrived in Kent in small boats to Rwanda.
More than 10,000 people have now made the dangerous journey this year.
The Children's Commissioner has been in Kent as part of a review into what makes a successful family.
Hear from Dame Rachel de Souza who's been asked by the government to look at how mums, dads, grandparents and children are coping following the pandemic.
Meantime, there's a warning children with special educational needs in Kent who are being home-schooled are 'falling through the cracks'.
Figures show 465 youngsters in Kent are SEN and being taught at home - while just 193 have an education health care plan.
And in sport, one of Kent's players has kept his place in the England team for the second test with New Zealand.
Plus we have a tennis update ahead of Wimbledon later this summer.

Podcast: Swimming pool dropped from £20m levelling up plans for Sheerness

Podcast: Swimming pool dropped from £20m levelling up plans for Sheerness

June 8, 2022

Plans for a new swimming pool on the Isle of Sheppey have been scrapped.
It was due to be part of a bid for £20 million in goverment cash to boost Sheerness. Hear from our reporter John Nurden who broke the story.
Also in today's podcast, a leading Kent academic is calling for overdose prevention centres to be set up.
They would allow addicts to take drugs in secure and hygienic facilities where help would be available if they got into trouble.
Professor Alex Stevens says they're needed to try and cut the number of drug deaths which are at a record high.
We've been speaking to one of the companies taking part in a national trial of a four day working week.
Staff still get 100% of their pay but only work 80% of the time.
We've also got reaction from a Maidstone based agency which started something similar back in 2018.
A Medway mum has spoken about the moment her baby was rushed to hospital after struggling to breathe - only to find out she had a birthmark growing in her throat.
Sophie Collins has been chatting to reporter Alex Langridge about the incredibly rare condition.
And, a Kent school is hoping to open a visitor centre so more of us can visit their wartime tunnels.
They were built under Maidstone Girls Grammar and used by pupils in the early 1940s.

Podcast: Almost 50 people hit by cars on just one road in Thanet as campaigners call for action

Podcast: Almost 50 people hit by cars on just one road in Thanet as campaigners call for action

June 7, 2022

There are calls for safety improvements on a road in Thanet after it was revealed almost 50 people have been hit by cars.

Northdown Road runs through the centre of Cliftonville and people living nearby want the speed limit reduced to 20 miles-per-hour.

Also in today's podcast, we have reaction after Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly won a confidence vote.

More than a third of Conservative MPs wanted him out of the job. Hear from North Thanet's Sir Roger Gale and our political editor Paul Francis.

A report seen by the KentOnline Podcast has again raised concerns about levels of violence in a youth jail in Kent.

We've got reaction from the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Hear from the incredible children who helped save their dad's life after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car.

They've now been given bravery awards as he continues to recover.

And find out who's signed a pro deal at Gillingham plus hear from tennis star Emma Raducanu as she gets her grass court season under way.

 

Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces confidence vote following Partygate scandal

Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces confidence vote following Partygate scandal

June 6, 2022

Kent's MPs will vote tonight on whether they still have faith in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Hear from our political editor Paul Francis on why the confidence vote is happening now and what the ramifications could be.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has also spoken out and we've been asking some of you what you think.

Also in today's podcast, a Gravesend mum says her special needs son no longer wants to leave the house because he's been out of school for a year.

10-year-old Ethan has autism and ADHD, as well as additional speech and language needs. Find out how it's affecting them.

A Dartford woman who was born with a birthmark on her face has been explaining how she uses TikTok to campaign against bullying.

Caitlin Ounsworth grew up being ashamed of her port wine stain - and was even picked on at school.

She's shared her story as part of the Changing Faces campaign.

And in sport, Kent have got their first win of the season and Gillingham now know all of the teams they'll be taking on in league two next season.

Podcast: People in Kent recognised in Queen’s birthday honours as Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place

Podcast: People in Kent recognised in Queen’s birthday honours as Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place

June 2, 2022

One of Kent's MPs has been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours.

Tracey Crouch, who represents Chatham and Aylesford, has been awarded a CBE for the work she did on the fan led review into football governance.

Meantime, the CEO of a company that arranges community events across the county to bring people of all faiths together has also been honoured.

Gurvinder Sandher gets an MBE.

Also in today's podcast, it's two years since a large cliff collapse destroyed a home on Sheppey.

People living there say they are still battling to protect their properties.

Hear about the many events taking place in Kent to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

And in sport, Gillingham have made their first signing of the summer.

Podcast: Customer’s post about size of pizza from Westgate Pizza goes viral

Podcast: Customer’s post about size of pizza from Westgate Pizza goes viral

June 1, 2022

The KentOnline Podcast has been told people are missing medical appointments because they simply can't afford the petrol to get there.
Prices at the forecourts have reached another record high - and there's a warning it'll get even worse within days.
Hear from Kent campaigner Howard Cox from FairFuelUK.
Also in today's episode, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner is accusing the Met of trying to "poach" the county's best officers.
As part of a major recruitment drive, the London force is offering new officers a £5,000 incentive to join them.
We've spoken to Matthew Scott and got a response from the Met.
Meantime, more than 1 in 10 police officers are struggling to make ends meet, according to the results of a survey seen by the KentOnline Podcast.
130,000 members of the police federation were invited to take part at the end of last year - before the cost of living crisis really took hold.
Laoise Gallagher has been speaking to the man who heads up the federation in the county.
Ahead of the long jubilee weekend, we've been speaking to the Queen's representative in Kent.
Lady Bella Colgrain is the Lord Lieutenant and carries out duties on her majesty's behalf.
She'll be at a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral which forms part of the national celebrations.
And, a takeaway in Canterbury has come under fire after a customer complained over the size of their pizza.
The disgruntled customer ordered a 12 inch pizza, but whipped out the tape measure when it arrived - Joe Wright has the full story.

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