Podcast: Parents call for new non-selective school in Cranbrook so children don’t face 10 mile journeys

Parents in part of Kent are demanding a new non-selective secondary school to save their children a 10-mile commute.

Currently there isn’t a non-grammar in Cranbrook, so pupils are faced with long journeys every day. That’s led to mums and dads setting up a campaign group.

Also in today’s podcast, there’s major disruption to rail services in Kent today as train drivers are out on strike.

Members of the ASLEF union have been in a dispute with employers over pay since July 2022. We’ve been getting reaction from Southeastern.

The man who wants to be the next Labour MP in Dover says the government has left it too late to avoid chaos at the town’s Port when new biometric checks come in.

The EU digital border controls are due to be introduced this Autumn and would see manual passport stamps replaced with facial imaging and fingerprinting.

Today marks four weeks since the start of controversial road works in Medway – and local bosses have told the podcast they’re pleased with how traffic’s coping.

The A228 in the Strood-bound direction from the Sans Pareil roundabout has been closed since March 11 and won’t reopen until June so the entrance to a new school can be built.

Parking charges are going up in another part of Kent as bosses look to create more revenue to avoid cutting services elsewhere.

Tonbridge and Malling councillors have voted in favour of introducing a fee at sites in Aylesford and Larkfield to bring them in line with the rest of the borough.

Residents in Stodmarsh say a stretch of road leading into their village could be one of the worst in Kent.

Drivers say years of neglect have left Stodmarsh Road full of potholes, with uneven surfaces and water retention. 

In sport, Gillingham’s hopes of reaching the league two play-offs are all but over after they suffered another defeat at the weekend.

They were beaten 1-0 at Bradford City to drop to 11th in the table. We’ve been getting reaction from head coach Stephen Clemence and player Connor Mahoney.