The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for volunteers (Independent Custody Visitors – ICVs) across Kent to visit Custody suites to check on the welfare and conditions of those held in police cells and report back to the PCC. This can be as often as once a month. In addition, ICVs attend training sessions, between two and four panel meetings a year, and an Annual General Meeting. The time commitment required is around three to five hours a month and all ICVs are asked to carry out at least one night-time visit a year (between 10pm and 6am).
The PCC’s recruitment drive closes on 1st July.
More information about ICVs, and the application form, can be found here:
We are today announcing the roll-out of 15-minute Delay Repay compensation, as part of a suite of passenger-focused improvements which will be introduced for Southeastern passengers by Autumn.
‘Delay Repay 15’ will mean passengers delayed by 15 minutes or more will receive money back to compensate them for the inconvenience, where currently compensation applies for delays over 30 minutes
David Statham, Southeastern’s Managing Director, said:
“I don’t want any of our passengers to be delayed, but if they are it’s really important that we compensate them properly.That’s why I’m delighted to announce these improvements to Delay Repay, which will make a real difference for people who experience shorter delays of between 15 and 30 minutes.”
A quicker, simpler way of claiming
As part of our longstanding commitment to making the process of claiming compensation quicker and easier. We will very shortly be launching a website upgrade that will cut the number of steps needed to complete the online form, by using information on previous claims and regular journeys.
New ‘Best Fare Finder’ launched on Southeastern website
We will also be making enhancements to our Key Smartcard, with single and return tickets available to purchase online for the first time. And a new ‘Best Fare Finder’ will be launched on the Southeastern website to help passengers get the best value tickets for their journey and provide reassurance about their choice of fare.
Franchise extension confirmed
These improvements are part of a short-term extension to the current Southeastern franchise, which has been agreed following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 10 April. Southeastern will continue to operate services until 10 November 2019, with an option to extend to 1 April 2020, allowing the Government more time to review and award a winner for the next South Eastern franchise.
The NHS and social care partners in east Kent are working together to design better and more sustainable services for local people, both in and out of hospital. We are committed to improving services so you get the best, most effective hospital care when you need it – and more care, treatment and support out of hospital when you don’t.
We need your help
As part of this work, we have developed two potential options for future hospital services, which have been shaped by feedback from local people and NHS staff. We now need your help to scrutinise how we will evaluate these options before the local NHS decides which option/options will form part of an upcoming public consultation.
On Thursday 18 July 2019 we are bringing clinicians and local people together to discuss
some of the evidence used to make this decision. The workshop will be in Canterbury
from 9.30am-4pm. There will be lunch and refreshments provided, and travel expenses can be reclaimed.
We are looking for 40 members of the public from across east Kent who represent our diverse population. We are looking for a mix of views and experience including:
Patients and carers who are young people, parents, working aged adults, or retired
People with experience of using A&E for physical or mental health problems
People with experience of inpatient treatment at Kent & Canterbury, QEQM, and William Harvey hospitals
People with long-term conditions that have led to regular hospital visits, or their carers
Parents with experience of maternity or hospital services for children in east Kent.
You don’t need to have previous involvement or knowledge of the hospital proposals. But we are looking for people who are willing to:
read (or listen to) a little bit of background information before the event
spend a day discussing how the options will be assessed and considering some of the emerging evidence.
Join us or pass it on
You can register your interest in this event by completing the form here or online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EastKentNHS18072019 If you know other people or networks of people who may be interested, please pass on this invitation. We will need expressions of interest by Monday 24June. Places will be confirmed on Wednesday 26 June.
You can read information about the detailed work carried out so far and how feedback from the public and clinicians has shaped the proposals at www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/eastkent
Kent County Council is currently running a campaign in the Folkestone area in the Tesco Bags for Life to help protect vulnerable people from telephone scammers by installing a TrueCall phone blocker at their home. Please support our project if you can.
Following the recent Parish Council elections there remains three vacant seats on Eastry Parish Council.
Do you want to serve your Community?
Do you have time or expertise which could benefit your Community?
Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?
Are you concerned about your local area?
Do you want to represent the views of local people?
If you would like to make a difference, and be involved in shaping the future of your local Community, why not step forward and apply to become an Eastry Parish Councillor?
Eastry Parish Council meet 11 times a year, normally on the first Monday of the Month (accept in May, when it’s the 2nd Monday). If you are interested please email the Clerk to the Parish Council on email@example.com for an application form and eligibility form. Or you can download these from the Parish Council website:
Vital infrastructure upgrades will take place on the Southeastern network this Bank Holiday, which will improve the reliability of the railway for passengers in London and Kent.
Check before you travel
As a result there will be a number of sections of the railway closed to allow engineers carry out essential upgrade work.
Make sure you check before you travel, as train services in a number of areas will be subject to change or will be replaced by a bus service.
Summary of key changes this Bank Holiday weekend
Saturday 4 May
Amended service in the Grove Park area
Sunday 5 May
Buses replace trains between:
Lewisham and Dartford via Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal
Sole St / Strood & Rainham
Sevenoaks and Paddock Wood / Tunbridge Wells
Monday 6 May
Buses replace trains between:
Lewisham and Sidcup / Orpington
For further details on the engineering works taking place this weekend please visit our dedicated webpage.
Network Rail investing millions to upgrade infrastructure
Network Rail is investing millions into infrastructure upgrades on the Southeastern network, replacing components and carrying out essential maintenance to make the railway more reliable. The work includes:
£81m project to resignal the lines from Hither Green to Mottingham, Grove Park and Bromley North progresses.
£55m project to upgrade signalling from Deptford to Woolwich Arsenal and from Lewisham to New Eltham.
Maintenance of the line including changing sleepers and rail grinding.
State-of-the-art high output ballast cleaner works to improve track quality.
Work to improve signalling resilience, to improve reliability of signals.
You may have also seen the ongoing forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Gareth) expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday 13th March), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but high winds and rain can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens, we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.
Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut can:
Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report power cuts or to receive updates
We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.
If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .
If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following: