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Podcast: Blazing Donkey Hotel near Sandwich refuses £1 million opportunity to house asylum seekers

The boss of a hotel near Sandwich has explained his decision to turn down more than £1 million from the Government to house asylum seekers.

Richard Martin runs the Blazing Donkey in Ham and was approached by an agency who guaranteed 100 percent occupancy for a year.

However, he says it would have meant cancelling weddings and making most of his staff redundant.

Also in today’s podcast, it’s been revealed Dartford is one of the most popular places in the county to live.

The town’s population has grown at triple the rate of England with things like highly rated schools and distance to London among the factors.

We chat to an estate agent about why the area is so popular.

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, is announcing details of his autumn budget tomorrow.

We look ahead to what we might see, with Tudor Price from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

A school in Medway is celebrating after being rated Good by inspectors for the first time in more than 15 years.

Elaine Primary was taken over by the Inspire Partnership in 2018 and has since become the most improved in Medway.

We speak to the schools Headteacher in today’s podcast.

Plus, Gillingham are through to the second round of the FA Cup after beating AFC Fylde in a replay at Priestfield.

Scott Kashket missed an early penalty for the Gills, but Lewis Walker scored just before half time, and the game ended 1-0.

Hear from Gills boss, Neil Harris.