Category: Rochester West News

Waste Services Update

Refuse Collections

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

  1. Household Waste Recycling Centres – located at Cuxton, Capstone and Hoath Way are all closed until further notice.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Any bulky waste collection not picked up this week will be collected next week.

Rochester and Strood by-election will be contested by Alan Kew

Alan Kew

Alan Kew

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.

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Kelly Tolhurst Resigns as Rochester West Councillor

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.

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Medway Council Christmas Bin Collections 2017

Below you can find the Christmas bin collections for the whole Medway area over the Christmas and New Year of 2017/18.

Christmas revised collections
Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday 25th December Wednesday 27th December
Tuesday 26th December Wednesday 27th December
Wednesday 27th December Thursday 28th December
Thursday 28th December Friday 29th December
Friday 29th December Saturday 30th December
New Year revised collections
Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday 1st January Tuesday 2nd January
Tuesday 2nd January Wednesday 3rd January
Wednesday 3rd January Thursday 4th January
Thursday 4th January Friday 5th January
Friday 5th January Saturday 6th January
Household Waste and Recycling Centre operating times
Date Operating times
Sunday 24th December 9am to 3.45pm
Monday 25th December Closed
Tuesday 26th December Closed
Wednesday 27th December 9am to 3.45pm
Thursday 28th December 8am to 4.15pm
Friday 29th December 8am to 4.15pm
Monday 1st January Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 9am to 3.45pm

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:

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Historic Catalpa Tree Saved

Last year the Catalpa tree outside Rochester Cathedral split in half. The Medway Messenger has reported how this year the tree has begun its recovery and sprung back to life thanks to quick work from Medway Council and support from local activists. 

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Travellers move into Rochester and Strood

Travellers recently moved into our constituency at the Esplanade in Strood, the Vines park in Rochester and the Borstal Recreation Ground. The Medway Messenger published an article including the reaction of our local MP, Kelly Tolhurst and Rochester West councillor Stuart Tranter.

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