Category: Local News

Regeneration at Strood Station

Cllrs Mr and Mrs Iles and Cllr Chitty with Nina of Network Rail and staff of WPB Contractors

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.

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Kent Wildlife Trust

Rupert and Sylvia with Kent Wildlife Trust team at Tyland Barn

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.

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Woodies Youth Centre, Summer Outreach

Woodies Youth Club

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.

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Local residents transform Mayfair

Mayfair Street Party with local residents Cllr Hall and Community Wardens

Mayfair Street Party with local residents Cllr Hall and Community Wardens

Over the past few months the Mayfair area of Strood North has been transformed from an eyesore estate with frequent reports of anti-social behaviour to a warm, welcoming and friendly place where children play safely and parents behave responsibly.

A range of plants and colourful pots have been utilised to make the area look more attractive and public areas such as railings and steps have been painted by local residents.

A community shed has been provided for children to leave their bikes and scooters rather than being strewn across the street and this has also been tastefully decorated by local residents, including children.

Complaints about anti-social behaviour in the area have reduced substantially.

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Potential Planning Proposal for Horsted Retail Park

Royal London’s Exhibition Invite
The ward councillors have been advised of a potential planning application by Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited for new retail facilities on the northern end of the Horsted Retail Park, Maidstone Road.

There is to be a public exhibition of the proposals on Thursday 20 July from 3 – 7 pm at The Maidstone Suite, Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Walderslade Woods, Chatham, ME5 9AX. Outline details of their proposals are on the attached letter. This community consultation will, they tell us, feed into the final proposals which will form the planning application. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer resident questions.

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Horsted Valley Enhancements

Cllrs Turpin and Clarke with interested group representatives at The Millennium Green, Luton

Cllrs Turpin and Clarke with interested group representatives at The Millennium Green, Luton

As first discussed in our news article on this web site of 20th February, ward councillors have been participating in the formulation of a landscape strategy for the Horsted Valley which runs from the Luton end of Chatham right up and into our Rochester South and Horsted ward boundary which starts at Waterworks Hill, Walderslade Road.

Officers have been tasked with developing a cohesive strategy that better links the Valley and we met recently on site at the Luton end to hear what progress has been made. We were joined by representatives from local groups including The Friends of Horsted Valley who were able to make a number of recommendations on the management of the Valley’s diverse flora.

We await now an outline draft of the strategy which we hope residents will then have a chance to contribute ideas to as well.

Cycling Corridor Improvements – Rochester

The new tactile paving at the entrance to The King’s Sports Centre

The new tactile paving at the entrance to The King’s Sports Centre

Similar to the works on the Chatham Maidstone Road, the ward has benefited from some investment from the Council’s Cycling Action Plan fund which has seen improvements made along the main cycling corridors in the Towns.

On the western boundary of our Rochester South and Horsted ward, works were completed from the junction of The Tideway up to The King’s Sports Centre with a new road crossing across the very busy and at time fast-flowing B2097.

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Cycling Corridor Improvements on Maidstone Road

Rupert and Sylvia on the enhanced pedestrian cyclist crossing

Rupert and Sylvia on the enhanced pedestrian cyclist crossing

As we have reported previously, and as part of the Council’s Cycling Action Plan, works have been carried out on the existing sections of cycle route on Maidstone Road, Chatham as well as the upgrading of the signalised crossing at the Shirley Avenue roundabout.

The end result is both safer and more user-friendly for pedestrians and cyclists alike and has continued the improvements that were first made at this crossing a while back to improve accessibility for wheelchair users.

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