Category: Rochester West News

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: www.medway.gov.uk/futuremedway.

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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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