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.
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.
The Medway Messenger has reported how Cllr Tranter and Cllr Iles recently set to task at cleaning up some of the litter in their local areas.
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.
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.
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.