Podcast: Sittingbourne residents “trapped” in their homes due to endless gridlock

People living in Sittingbourne say they feel trapped in their homes as roads works and new housing developments cause daily congestion. 

They’re caught in the crossfire as the government set housing targets leaving local authorities to deal with the consequences.

Also in today’s podcast, thousands of NHS dental procedures have been cancelled in Medway over the last two years with more than 1.1 million not performed.

It comes as half of all dentists based in the Towns say they won’t do any more NHS work due to financial pressures, “too much bureaucracy” and difficulty with recruiting and retaining staff.

A dead rat has been found decomposing in the kitchen of a popular sushi restaurant in Canterbury. 

They were forced to stop service immediately and given a damning one-star food hygiene rating. 

Swalecliffe has been named as one of the places in the county most affected by sewage spills in the last 12 months. 

New figures from the Environment Agency show there were more than 11 spills there – you can hear from Sally Burtt-Jones from SOS Whitstable. 

And a Kent couple who are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary share their secrets to a long and happy marriage. 

Ron and Phyllis Wills say they’ve barely spent a day apart since they met in 1953.