Podcast: Death of Deal dad who fell down manhole on worksite ruled a “tragic accident”

An inquest has heard a popular workman described by loved ones as “the greatest partner and father” died after falling down a manhole in a tragic accident.

The specialist labourer from Deal fell into the opening after being distracted by a passing road-sweeping vehicle while working at a new housing estate.

Also in today’s podcast, we bring you an update after arsonists decimated a Forest School created for children in Sevenoaks. 

The vandals destroyed hours of work by dedicated volunteers from the Kent Wildlife Trust at Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. 

You can hear from developers after plans were revealed to transform an historic creek into flats and townhouses alongside a cafe, shop and workshops.

It’s an attempt to reconnect Siittingbourne town centre with its “lost waterside”.

The future of a block of public toilets in one area of Kent is up for debate after claims it costs “up to £60 per use”.

The facilities in Meopham, opposite the cricket green, shut at the start of April due to financial reasons.

And you can hear about a hidden estate in an abandoned Kent village that’s just gone on the market for millions of pounds.

The gothic mansion is kitted out with plenty of luxuries including a cinema, tennis courts and even a zip wire.