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Southeastern signalling problems causing delays for commuters in Kent

A signalling fault has meant that commuters are facing delays on the trains this evening. Three platforms at London Charing Cross are out of action which has left some travellers stuck on standstill trains just yards away from the platform. Platforms one, two and three at London Charing Cross are closed because of the problem and one train user reported being stuck on a "boiling hot train two minutes away from the platform".

kentonline.co.uk ,  1 hour ago 0
Southeastern signalling problems causing delays for commuters in Kent

The abandoned Kent railway stations that have long been forgotten including Ashford West and Ramsgate Harbour

Kent's rich railway heritage has been long forgotten One of the best things about living in Kent has to be the efficient rail links, with easy access to both the capital and the coast. Many years ago, there was a railway station in almost every town in the county.

kentlive.news ,  3 hours ago 9
The abandoned Kent railway stations that have long been forgotten including Ashford West and Ramsgate Harbour

Dartford Heath: Huge area near the A2 and M25 is now just 'kindling for wildfires'

The area has seen five large grass fires this summer alone, which firefighters say are increasing in number and severity Amid what has been a particularly hot and dry summer in Kent, one area of the county has been frequently devastated by large wildfires. Dartford Heath sits just off of the A2 and has faced an difficult few months, having endured five separate large grassfires since the summer began.

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Dartford Heath: Huge area near the A2 and M25 is now just 'kindling for wildfires'

Expert shares tips on how to save your grass during the hosepipe ban

If you're in an area of Kent currently under a hosepipe ban it's likely that your grass has turned an unsightly straw colour. Here's what you can do to nurse it back to health without using a water-guzzling hosepipe or sprinkler. With parts of Kent under a hosepipe ban that could last until October and the UK experiencing the driest year since 1976, your lawn may be looking a little worse for wear.

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Expert shares tips on how to save your grass during the hosepipe ban

Hotel's 'delight' as jobs offer 'security and normality' to Ukrainian refugees

A hotel group that has employed almost 20 Ukrainian refugees has spoken of offering "structure, security and dignity" to people whose lives have been turned upside down following Russia's invasion of their homeland. The Alexander Hotels collection, which includes Alexander House in west Sussex; Great Fosters in Windsor (pictured); Rowhill Grange in Kent as well as Barnett Hill and Langshott Manor in Surrey, has offered positions in housekeeping, reception and food and beverage teams.

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Hotel's 'delight' as jobs offer 'security and normality' to Ukrainian refugees

Immigration has increased since Brexit, admits Tory MP

ABrexiteer Tory MP on Monday admitted immigration has increased since Britain voted to leave the EU. Despite the Leave campaign proclaiming that Brexit would mean “taking back control” on immigration and asylum, and cutting migration to the tens of thousands, the UK is seeing a rise of people coming from abroad.

standard.co.uk ,  8 hours ago 0
Immigration has increased since Brexit, admits Tory MP

Kent Weather: Thunder forecast as Met Office storm warning comes into force

Stormy rainfall and thunder is on its way to break the heatwave Kent is set for some thunder and rainfall today (August 15), a welcome change from the intense heatwaves over the last month. Temperatures are still expected to remain high across the region but there will be a break from the recent record-breaking highs.

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Kent Weather: Thunder forecast as Met Office storm warning comes into force

Kent hit with three days of amber warning as thunderstorms with 'torrential downpours' arrive

The Met Office has placed an amber warning on the county as 'hit-and-miss' thunderstorms are set to develop today (Monday 15) While Kent finds itself currently baking in a heatwave with temperatures hitting the low thirties, there is more extreme weather on the way. While it might be a welcome relief to know that the drought is thought to be reaching its end, the Met Office has announced an amber warning for thunderstorms.

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Kent hit with three days of amber warning as thunderstorms with 'torrential downpours' arrive

Ashford residents sign petition for 'long-overdue' 5G mast for Park Farm and Bridgefield

Fed-up neighbours desperate for better mobile phone signal have launched a petition calling for a 'long-overdue' 5G mast to be installed near their homes. More than 140 people across Park Farm and Bridgefield in Ashford have backed the campaign asking for the borough council and Kingsnorth Parish Council to help them discuss ways to improve signal in the area.

kentonline.co.uk ,  16 hours ago 0
Ashford residents sign petition for 'long-overdue' 5G mast for Park Farm and Bridgefield

How much is your car worth? Prices of second hand vehicles soar in Kent

Anyone looking for a used car in Kent in the last year will have likely drawn a sharp intake of breath at the price displayed on the windscreen. Buyers are being forced to dig even deeper as a combination of factors sends prices through the roof. A shortage of new models is said to be driving up demand for second-hand cars - coupled with a growing desire among motorists to switch to more economical vehicles.

kentonline.co.uk ,  16 hours ago 8
How much is your car worth? Prices of second hand vehicles soar in Kent

RSPCA animal centre is threatened by wildfire which ripped through nearby golf course behind their site in Kent

An out-of-control wildfire erupted at Oast Park Golf Course in Snodland, Kent The fire started this afternoon threatening the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre The RSPCA centre posted on it's Facebook that 'all the animals and staff are safe' An out-of-control wildfire which erupted in Kent threatening the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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RSPCA animal centre is threatened by wildfire which ripped through nearby golf course behind their site in Kent

‘My family need my support to eat’: how Indonesians came to work on a Kent farm

Drawn to the prospect of a job abroad, people such as Banyu signed up to a language course. From there, their debts to brokers grew Sitting in a caravan in the hot Kent countryside, Banyu’s face is etched with worry. It is July and he is less than a month into a job picking fruit at Clock House farm near Maidstone, which supplies strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruit to leading supermarket chains.

theguardian.com ,  1 day ago 2
‘My family need my support to eat’: how Indonesians came to work on a Kent farm

5 shaded woodland walks in Kent ideal for escaping the heat and sunshine

A walk in the woods is an ideal family day out and more often than not completely free If you are trying to escape the heat a little this summer but don't want to spend the rest of the holidays indoors, do not fear - there are still plenty places across Kent where you can seek some shade and still have a lovely day out.

kentlive.news ,  1 day ago 1
5 shaded woodland walks in Kent ideal for escaping the heat and sunshine

Grandmother who won legal battle against neighbour to stop plans for 18 holiday homes in his back garden submits plans to build four lets of her own

Patricia Shave, 70, had complained about a neighbour's plans for holiday homes The plans were rejected, but then approved after the council reconsidered them Now Mrs Shave, of Marden, Kent, has submitted her own holiday lets application Her son says she doesn't actually want them built, but is just 'testing the system'

dailymail.co.uk ,  1 day ago 2
Grandmother who won legal battle against neighbour to stop plans for 18 holiday homes in his back garden submits plans to build four lets of her own

6 things you would only know if you grew up in Crowborough

My own experiences and the experiences of other generations of Crowborough residents Childhood in Kent and the south east brings a lot of experiences that many of us have been through on at least one occasion. From balancing life surrounded by countryside with busy, urban life, there is plenty to say about it.

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6 things you would only know if you grew up in Crowborough

More than 20,000 people have crossed Channel in boats so far this year

More than 20,000 people have crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this year. The new figures have emerged after 607 migrants made the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits yesterday – the third time the total has topped 600 since the start of 2022. Fourteen small boats were detected as a heatwave raged across the UK on Saturday, new government figures show.

metro.co.uk ,  1 day ago 0
More than 20,000 people have crossed Channel in boats so far this year

I explored the ‘haunted’ Kent landmark with a terrifying past and it was spine-tingling

In terms of landmarks along the Kent coast, few are as iconic as Reculver Towers No matter where you go in Kent, you’re sure to find fascinating history within every nook and cranny of the county. While so much of this history is truly interesting, other parts of Kent’s past could be considered a little more, unsettling.

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I explored the ‘haunted’ Kent landmark with a terrifying past and it was spine-tingling

I opposed my neighbour’s bid to build holiday lets in his garden – and then I applied for planning permission myself

A GRAN who won a court case to stop her neighbour building a holiday park has applied to throw her own one up in her back yard. Patricia Shave, 70, quashed neighbour Paul Body's plan to build 18 homes in his paddock and forced the council to pay her £18,699 in legal costs.

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I opposed my neighbour’s bid to build holiday lets in his garden – and then I applied for planning permission myself

Kent braced for 3 days of thunderstorms and rain as new Met Office warning issued

The heatwave will come to an abrupt end The heatwave which has gripped Kent this week is set to come to an end with three days of thunderstorms. The Met Office has issued weather warnings for Monday (August 15), Tuesday (August 16) and Wednesday (August 17).

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Kent braced for 3 days of thunderstorms and rain as new Met Office warning issued

Royal Family: The Queen’s cousin you’ve probably never heard of whose husband used to date Pippa Middleton

Lady Gabriella Windsor is the only daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent There have been a number of Royal weddings over the past few years, with Stephanie Phillips, the daughter of Captain Mark Phillips, walking down the aisle most recently. However, one royal marriage that you may have forgotten about is the Queen's own cousin.

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Royal Family: The Queen’s cousin you’ve probably never heard of whose husband used to date Pippa Middleton