Podcast: New parking charges are so “ridiculous” residents they thought it was an April Fools

Motorists are up in arms about a hike in car park charges considered so “unreasonable” many believed it was an April Fool’s prank.

Residents in Herne were previously able to park for a whole day for just £2.20, but that all came to an end when new tariffs were introduced on April 1st. 

Also in today’s podcast, a new report has found 15 percent of Kent Police officers want to leave the force within the next two years. 

Almost 7 in 10 don’t feel valued – and even more wouldn’t recommend it as a job.

Stab-proof vests have been handed to cleaners at a Kent shopping centre as part of their everyday uniform to help keep them safe.

A spokesman for the precinct says stab vests are becoming commonplace in shopping centres with many people coming out in support of the move. 

The local authorities in Kent and Medway have unveiled which routes will get a chunk of reallocated government cash for road repairs.

It comes as bosses in the Medway Towns have written to the government asking for even more funding to fix potholes. 

And a huge leisure complex could be built on land previously earmarked for an Amazon warehouse.

David Lloyd Leisure wants to build its third site in Kent on Waterbrook Park in Ashford, creating up to 100 new jobs.