Category: River Ward News

Lower Thames Crossing Approved

Option C Thames Crossing

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.

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Medway Local Plan – January 2017

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.

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Seeing fly-tippers brought to justice

River Ward Cllrs Andrew and Habib have been working closely with Medway Council officers, police and the community to see fly-tippers brought to justice.

These criminals are affecting our environment and other lawful businesses who pay their taxes. Both councillors have been working hard to ensure incidents of fly-tipping are dealt with in the ward. Cllr Mackness recently joined local community police on an operation identifying repeat offenders.

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Caisson Bridge Public Footpath Re-opened

Cllrs Mackness and Tejan with SIMRA representatives

Cllrs Mackness and Tejan with SIMRA representatives

It was tremendous to see the refurbished public footpath, Caisson Footbridge, re-opening at St Mary’s Island today after support from Councillors, SMIRA, HCA and Peel. Thanks to Leslie James Esq. our statesman on the Island for cutting the ribbon.

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Brompton Boxing Club Visit

Inside the Brompton Boxing Club

Inside the Brompton Boxing Club

Cllrs Mackness and Tejan visited the new location for the Brompton Boxing Club, which was established over 30 years ago and which has provided such valuable support to both young and old in our community.

Billy Beck, former ABA England Coach and committed youth worker who leads the operation, intends to build the facility into a wider community centre for all.

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The Copper Rivet Distillery – A First Look

The Copper Rivet Sign

The Copper Rivet Sign

It was a great visit this morning to the Copper Rivet Distillery at the former pump house in Chatham Maritime with owner Bob Russell and their distiller.

It is a real asset to Chatham and we look forward to it opening shortly and developing into a thriving business trading both locally, nationally and internationally.

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Street Pastors at River Ward and Local Community Event

Street Pastors

Street Pastors at River Ward and Local Community Event

I was delighted to welcome the Street Pastors to the Community event last Saturday involving a wide range of our community, explaining the great work they do in Rochester helping to reduce potential crime, anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy.

Their intervention is invaluable and often saves lives, working closely with our licensed premises, police and other emergency services.

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Development ‘Boom’ in Ward – infrastructure concerns

Rochester Riverside Walk

Andrew and Habib at Rochester Riverside Walk

It was good news to see the announcement of a developer for Rochester Riverside after so many false starts. The addition of 1,300 new residencies, a new school, health centre and new businesses bringing much need employment is welcomed by everyone.

Other developments across our area will see Chatham Waters at the docksite, Saint Mary’s Island build out, the former Kitchener Barracks site and a number of key developments in Chatham delivered over the next 5 years bringing quality family housing to the ward.

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NO to HMO in Brompton

The Royal Marine

Andrew and Habib at the Royal Marine

We are very concerned, along with residents of the village, plans to open a HMO in the former Royal Marine Pub site to accommodate ex- offenders and recovering drug addicts.

Despite our strong representation speaking against the application at the recent planning committee meeting, community concerns were ignored. Labour’s planning spokesman, who fully supported this irresponsible application, highlighted how you are unable to trust Labour in understanding the needs of Brompton and our community.

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School expansion plans and new nursery

SMI school expansion

Habib and Andrew outside St. Mary’s Island school

Thank you to everyone that supported us in last year’s election. We will continue to listen to residents and do our best to represent you in Medway.

In the run up to last year’s election we surveyed residents about the expansion of our excellent school on Saint Mary’s Island, which is full. There was overwhelming support that with the build out on the island and other developments on Chatham Maritime and Brompton we must plan this expansion.

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