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Podcast: Airbnb and short-term holiday let owners in Folkestone and Hythe face waste collection charges

There are calls for a charge to be introduced for people who own holiday lets in part of Kent to cover the cost of collecting their rubbish.

Because they’re registered as businesses they don’t have to pay council tax, and many are exempt from business rates too.

There are just over 180 short-term lets in Folkestone and Hythe – hear from Labour group leader, Connor McConville, who doesn’t think they should be getting services for free.

Also today, a year on from the deaths of dozens of asylum seekers in the English Channel – the KentOnline Podcast’s been told another tragedy is highly likely.

At least 27 people lost their lives when an inflatable dinghy capsized near Calais, as they tried to make the dangerous crossing.

We hear from a friend of someone who died, the MP for Dover, and refugee charity Care4Calais.

It’s claimed GPs across the county are seeing more patients than ever before.

According to the Kent Local Medical Committee, doctors had more than 800,000 appointments in September.

Strood GP Dr Julian Spinks has told us they’re doing the best they can to see everyone who needs help.

Lecturers in Kent are joining colleagues across the country in going on strike today.

Staff at the Uni of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church have been walking out in a dispute over pay.

Students in Medway have been sharing their thoughts with us.

And, hear a snippet of Meghan Trainor’s appearance on our sister station kmfm following the release of her last album ‘Takin It Back’.

The single ‘Made you look’, meanwhile, is all over TikTok.