Option C Thames Crossing
On Tuesday 12 April, the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling confirmed the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing which will be as follows:
- a bored tunnel crossing under the River Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury (Location C)
- a new road north of the river which will join the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 (Route 3)
- a new road south of the river which will join the A2 east of Gravesend (the Western Southern Link)
You can view the Department for Transport press release here.
Alan Ridgers with Diane Marsh and Cllr Gary Etheridge
On Thursday May 4, the whole of Kent County Council (KCC) is up for re-election and members from the Strood Rural and Peninsula branches have been out supporting our colleagues in the neighbouring Gravesham East constituency where Alan Ridgers and Diane Marsh are standing for re-election.
Our Rochester and Strood party members are providing support in a number of key constituencies around Medway’s borders and the engagement on the doorstep with voters has been very positive. We will be working right through to election day to help ensure an increased Conservative majority is returned at County Hall, Maidstone.
The Medway Area
Medway Council is preparing a new Local Plan to provide direction on the future growth of the area. The aim of the Local Plan is to ensure that Medway grows sustainably, to provide land for the homes, jobs and services that people need, whilst protecting and enhancing the qualities of the area’s environment and heritage.
The formal consultation runs from 16 January to 6 March 2017. Full details of the consultation document, supporting information, survey form and consultation events are available to view on the council’s website at: www.medway.gov.uk/futuremedway.
Phil Filmer with members of the Hoo Clean Up team on 24th September
Cllr Phil Filmer organised a £200 donation from Medway Norse so that the volunteers from the Hoo Clean Up Team were able to purchase £200 worth of plants for a neglected area of Hoo Village Square. Although the Council maintain the Square, the land is not owned by them.
Cllr Filmer with Colin Hutson who completed the challenge
Cllr Phil Filmer joined resident Colin Hutson yesterday to unveil a huge line of colourful loom bands down Bells Lane and into the village square – a challenge he started in 2015, in support of Cancer Research UK.
Many residents joined Colin on the day to offer support and encouragement. On completion of laying the loom bands around the village, Cllr Phil Filmer addressed those present and congratulated Colin on his remarkable achievement – presenting him with a Village Voices Community Magazine Community Champion Award.
The ‘good’ graded Hundred of Hoo Academy is set to expand, offering one form entry places all the way from reception to the end of year 6.
Your local Conservative Councillors have long since called for additional capacity to be created in the best schools in the area. The initial feedback from the community so far been tremendously supportive.
Cllr Filmer acknowledged that there would be challenges, but that is to be expected of an ambitious project to create capacity and on a larger scale improve the link for children to move seamlessly from early years to junior school.
Your local Conservative team has secured additional grants to redevelop Anthony’s Way and Four Elms Roundabouts.
This significant investment will include a new slip road which will considerably increase capacity, easing congestion for traffic heading towards the peninsula.
Cllr Filmer, is also looking at new lining schemes are Four Elms and Anthony’s Way which will improve capacity and make the roundabouts safer and quicker for residents.
These measures are part of a larger plan which is being drawn up to improve radically the whole system of roundabouts off the Medway City Estate which will really make difference to those using it every day.
Responding to a resident’s petition, Cllr Phil Filmer delivered the new pedestrian crossing at Hoo Village Centre. This change has already made a significant difference and has a made the road much safer.
After listening to concerns from parents, Phil has ensured funds are available to deliver a similar crossing at Primary School. These plans have been warmly welcomed by all at the school and the local community.
Your Conservative Team has also ensured funding to provide barrier protection to St. Davids Road and the Avery Way Junction at All Hallows after residents raised concerns about Vicarage Lane Road Surfaces, The Peninsula team got it resurfaced. These are just a couple of example of ward councillors getting things done.