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.
Phil and Kelly on the House of Commons terrace
Phil Hall, Conservative Councillor for Strood North, joined a number of his fellow Medway Conservative Councillors in travelling to Parliament to discuss the long-term housing, infrastructure and environmental needs of Medway.
Phil is working closely with local MP Kelly Tolhurst to make sure Government targets can be managed effectively and properly take into account the needs of residents in Strood North and Medway as a whole.
Despite being rejected by Medway Council’s Planning Committee in March 2015, planning applications for properties to be built in Broomhill Park have been re-submitted. The Medway Messenger has reported on how Cllr Hall has joined the Friends of Broomhill Park in objecting to the application.
The Friends of Broomhill are a community organisation dedicated to the improvement and enrichment of Broomhill Park here in Strood North, and the ward councillors are very grateful for the work and commitment the Friends have shown over the past 9 years.
Broomhill Park lies at the top of the highest hill in Strood and between the trees there are spectacular views over Rochester, Chatham, and the River Medway.