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KCC – Making Space for Nature in Kent

KCC have a Kent and Medway Local Nature Recovery Strategy survey.

The strategy is called Making Space for Nature in Kent and Kent’s residents are being asked their views. This strategy, one of 48 across the country, will set out measures to tackle habitat loss, safeguard ecosystems and create nature-rich landscapes full of wildlife-friendly habitats.

There will be opportunities to have your say and get involved over the twenty months it’s expected to develop the strategy. To find out more, please visit Get involved | Making Space For Nature Kent


FHDC have proposed a District-Wide Carbon Plan which sets out the suggested approach towards a net zero future.

To quote:

The plan recommends efforts should be concentrated on five priorities, known as the priority pillars of focus, – road transport, residential, commercial and industrial, waste and water and carbon absorption and biodiversity.

Actions are listed against each of the five pillars – some that can be achieved by the council alone, some by collaboration and those which can only be delivered by other organisations.

Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the council has been working to reduce carbon emissions from its own estate and operations.

The council’s emissions account for about 0.38% of the district’s total so the council is calling for communities and businesses to work alongside it in the challenge of reaching a net zero target.

Cllr Stephen Scoffham, Cabinet member for Climate, Environment and Biodiversity said: “The council is happy to have led on producing this document but this is not just about what we, the council, can do. We shall continue to work to reduce our emissions but so much more needs to happen across our district.

“You will read in the plan that there are opportunities to get involved in changing the future for the generations to come. We want to work with our local community to pull those ideas together, facilitate where we can but steer people in the right direction to make the real difference that I know so many want to achieve.

“Please work with us to make sure this plan is not just a tick box exercise that gathers dust on a shelf or in a computer file.  There are very real and positive actions to lead us to more sustainable solutions so we can transition to a low-carbon district.”

The plan can be read on the council website and is open for comment until 5pm on Friday 1 December 2023. Comments can be made in a variety of ways:

Online via council website

Attending a drop-in event to talk about the plan and meet members of the district’s Carbon Innovation Lab at:

  • Scout Hall, Church Ln, New Romney TN28 8ER on Wednesday 15 November from 12 noon until 4pm.
  • Hythe Sports Pavilion, South Road, Hythe CT21 6AR on Thursday 16 November from 12 noon until 4pm.
  • Sellindge Village Hall, Main Road, Sellindge, TN25 6JX on Tuesday 21 November from 12 noon until 4pm.
  • Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, CT20 2QY on Wednesday 22 November from 12noon until 4pm.

Kent Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan –

KCC have a public consultation on the proposed active travel network which will form the first Kent Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (KCWIP).

They are carrying out a consultation to gather your views on the proposed cycling routes and walking and wheeling zones to enable residents and visitors to make more journeys on foot or by cycle.

Background: Why do we need a KCWIP?

The government’s ambition is to make walking, wheeling and cycling the natural choices, both for shorter and longer journeys. Transforming local areas in ways that support active travel will reduce congestion, improve air quality, improve physical and mental health and support local economies.

How can you find out more?

Visit the KCWIP Website at

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Visit the website.
  • In person public drop-in events;
    • 8 November 2-7pm Union Street Methodist Church, 20 Brewer Street, Maidstone, ME14 1RU
    • 13 November 2-7pm Cyclopark, Watling Street, Gravesend, DA11 7NP
    • 16 November 2-7pm The Guildhall, St Peter’s Pl, Westgate, Canterbury, CT1 2DB

Closes: 10th Jan 2024

Folkestone Levelling Up – Survey closes 4th Dec

Phase two public engagement event

The public engagement event had over 400 visitors across the 3 days, including over 100 primary and secondary school students.

The plans and the “magic carpet ride” around the project area can be viewed at

The survey is open until Monday 4 December and the feedback of the community is vitally important to the project.

KCC National Highways and Transport Survey 2023-24

KCC along with councils across the UK are asking residents to tell them what they think of transport and highways services in their area, and we’re one of those councils.

There are six independent surveys in total. Each survey will only take a few minutes of your time. They’re asking for your views on:

  • accessibility
  • highways maintenance
  • public transport
  • road safety
  • tackling congestion
  • walking and cycling

You can find out more about each below.

The answers you give will:

  • help them to understand how you feel about their service
  • inform decisions about roads, cycling, bus services and public transport in Kent.

Questionnaire Closes: 29 February 2024

Questionnaire Link: