Podcast: Eastenders Nasty Nick’s fury as Kent council closes off playing field

An Eastenders legend is among those calling on a Kent council to reopen a playing field which residents have used for more than 100 years.

John Altman, who played ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton in the soap, says he “treasures” the land and that the green space should be preserved.

Also in today’s podcast, there are fears for the future of Kent’s “music town”, with some venue owners saying the town has never been so quiet.  

A number of business owners are selling up as the pandemic and the cost of living crisis changes consumer habits. 

Hear from a wildlife expert who says a significant fall in Kent’s insect numbers is ‘incredibly concerning’. 

Flying insect numbers have plummeted by 89% since 2004 according to a survey, which counts the number of creatures caught on vehicle number plates.

A Kent school has been granted a licence for its annual fireworks display, despite neighbours’ claims the sound is “absolutely insufferable.”

It means the secondary will be able to sell  alcohol  and more tickets to its show. 

And you can find out which Kent Council makes the most out of parking charges. 

It comes as new figures show local authorities across the county raked in £50 million was made in just one year.