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
- Household Waste Recycling Centres – located at Cuxton, Capstone and Hoath Way are all closed until further notice.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Any bulky waste collection not picked up this week will be collected next week.
Cllr Steve Iles recently featured in the Strood and Hoo Peninsula Times when he visited the Medway Archives in Bryant Road, Strood. Steve was there to celebrate the arrival of a model Shorts Brothers composite aircraft from Gun Wharf – something he had been campaigning for.
Cllrs Steve Iles (Strood North), Cllr Josie Iles (Strood South) and Cllr Chitty (Strood North) with Nina of Network Rail and staff of WPB Contractors.
Councillors Steve Iles and Jane Chitty of Strood North, and Councillor Josie Iles of Strood South, were delighted with the progress being made by regeneration works taking place at Strood Station.
The Conservatives’ longstanding commitment to regeneration across Medway saw the Council successfully launch a bid and secure funding from the Local Government Fund to partner Network Rail in this development.
The £2.8 million improvement project will bring numerous benefits to commuters; including a new waiting room, bigger booking hall, improved toilet facilities and additional ticket gates. The new and improved station is expected to reopen to the public before the end of the year.
Mayfair Street Party with local residents Cllr Hall and Community Wardens
Over the past few months the Mayfair area of Strood North has been transformed from an eyesore estate with frequent reports of anti-social behaviour to a warm, welcoming and friendly place where children play safely and parents behave responsibly.
A range of plants and colourful pots have been utilised to make the area look more attractive and public areas such as railings and steps have been painted by local residents.
A community shed has been provided for children to leave their bikes and scooters rather than being strewn across the street and this has also been tastefully decorated by local residents, including children.
Complaints about anti-social behaviour in the area have reduced substantially.
Southeastern Trains Logo
In April 2017, Cllr Phil Hall (Strood North) undertook a survey of rail users at Strood train station. This was done to help inform his response to the recent public consultation on the future of the SouthEastern rail franchise.
Cllr Hall said most rail users in Medway were completely unaware they could respond to the public consultation as no Medway train stations contained information about the exercise and ticket office staff were clueless about its existence.
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.
Cllrs Iles, Chitty and Hall at the old Strood Train Station
Work has begun on the upgrade of Strood Railway Station which will see almost £2.7 million of private investment in order to bring it into the 21st century.
The Station, which first opened in 1856, will have a temporary ticket office, which will be in place by Monday 13th March and all platforms will remain open.
The redevelopment of the station follows those at Gillingham, Rainham and the relocation of our other railway station in Rochester. It forms part of Medway Council’s regeneration of the area which intends to provide a modern station as part of a £135m investment programme. SouthEastern has said that the new railway station will include more gates and a bigger hall. There will be a waiting room and new toilet facilities.
The new-look railway station is due to open late 2017.
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.