With the weather causing serious disruption to all waste services, the Council has provided the following update as of 10.00 am Thursday 1 March
- Household Waste Recycling Centres – located at Cuxton, Capstone and Hoath Way are all closed until further notice.
- Street Cleaning – All street cleaning services have been suspended, our Contractor Veolia has deployed the staff to assist with the gritting of high profile pedestrian areas.
- Refuse / Recycling Collections – As a result of the weather this week we have not collected from households programmed on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Veolia have tried to operate this morning however a number of collection staff have fallen and the waste compaction units are frozen in the vehicles. This means ALL WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES TODAY (THURSDAY) AND TOMORROW (FRIDAY) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. We are advising residents that we will provide a double collection next week. Until that time they are advised to remove waste from the pavement.
- To enable Veolia to effectively collect twice the amount of waste next week, the Organic Waste collection service will be suspended all of next week. These resources will be used to assist with the backlog of black sack and recycling waste.
- Any bulky waste collection not picked up this week will be collected next week.
Rochester and Strood Conservatives have selected Borstal resident Alan Kew, to contest the Rochester West by-election on Thursday 8 March called following the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst MP as the ward councillor. Kelly’s promotion to the Government Whips Office meant she could no longer continue in both roles.
Alan, a keen cyclist and sailor, has lived in Borstal for thirty years. Married to Hilary, they have a grown-up daughter and two grandchildren. He has worked as a civil engineer on regeneration and highway projects for 35 years.
Cllr Steve Iles recently featured in the Strood and Hoo Peninsula Times when he visited the Medway Archives in Bryant Road, Strood. Steve was there to celebrate the arrival of a model Shorts Brothers composite aircraft from Gun Wharf – something he had been campaigning for.
This week the Prime Minister delivered a reshuffle of her government team, and I was extremely honoured to have been asked to join her team as a Government Whip. After discussions with colleagues and residents it is clear I am unable to carry on with my role as a local authority councillor without conflict. This has meant that, with the heaviest of hearts, I am having to resign as a councillor for Rochester West.
I first stood as a councillor in 2011, to represent the ward where I lived and to make a difference to my community. Since then I have been elected as the Member of Parliament and have managed to carry out both roles without complications, representing the constituency in Parliament and Rochester West at Council.
Cllrs Steve Iles (Strood North), Cllr Josie Iles (Strood South) and Cllr Chitty (Strood North) with Nina of Network Rail and staff of WPB Contractors.
Councillors Steve Iles and Jane Chitty of Strood North, and Councillor Josie Iles of Strood South, were delighted with the progress being made by regeneration works taking place at Strood Station.
The Conservatives’ longstanding commitment to regeneration across Medway saw the Council successfully launch a bid and secure funding from the Local Government Fund to partner Network Rail in this development.
The £2.8 million improvement project will bring numerous benefits to commuters; including a new waiting room, bigger booking hall, improved toilet facilities and additional ticket gates. The new and improved station is expected to reopen to the public before the end of the year.
Rupert and Sylvia with Kent Wildlife Trust team at Tyland Barn
The Rochester South and Horsted ward councillors met up with representatives from Kent Wildlife Trust at Tyland Barn to talk about opportunities to improve the green spaces in the ward.
The meeting followed an introduction from The Horsted Valley summit which we featured earlier on this site at which a ward resident who volunteers for Kent Wildlife Trust was present. Kent Wildlife Trust were founded in 1958, are a registered charity (number 239992) and the leading conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway, dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats for everyone to enjoy with a vision to ensure that 30% of Kent and Medway – land and sea – is managed to create a healthy place for wildlife to flourish. Their mission is to work with people to restore, save, and enhance our natural heritage.
Woodies Youth Club
We have in the Rochester South and Horsted ward, Woodies Youth Centre in Arethusa Road, which provides a place for 10 to 19-year-olds to have fun, socialise and learn new skills.
Professional, experienced youth workers from a range of different backgrounds offer information, support and advice on a range of issues. The centre offers an assorted programme of activities, including general arts and crafts; sports; music, and games. Please see the link above for opening times and more details of the activities offered.