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.
Cllrs. Gary Etheridge & John Williams, along with the Rev’d Nicolas Cooper, Reverend Sue Vallente-Kerr and a member of the congregation.
The Rev’d Nicolas Cooper, along with Reverend Sue Vallente-Kerr, the new Pioneer Minister for the Strood and Frindsbury Cluster led the congregation of All Saints Church in Frindsbury celebrating both Trinity and Society Sunday on the 5th June.
The Rev’d Nicolas Cooper recognised and paid tribute to volunteers and all those who work serving the local community, whilst thanking Medway Councillors Gary Etheridge and John Williams for attending and in recognition of the work they had done.
Meanwhile, Reverend Sue Vallente-Kerr brought laughter to the entire congregation by staging a three legged race, representing the Holy Trinity.
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.
Alan Ridgers with Diane Marsh and Cllr Gary Etheridge
On Thursday May 4, the whole of Kent County Council (KCC) is up for re-election and members from the Strood Rural and Peninsula branches have been out supporting our colleagues in the neighbouring Gravesham East constituency where Alan Ridgers and Diane Marsh are standing for re-election.
Our Rochester and Strood party members are providing support in a number of key constituencies around Medway’s borders and the engagement on the doorstep with voters has been very positive. We will be working right through to election day to help ensure an increased Conservative majority is returned at County Hall, Maidstone.
Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams at the new 20mph zone on Islingham Farm Road
MOTORISTS will be required to slow down on Islingham Farm Road leading to Chattenden Primary School following the creation of a new 20mph zone.
The aim is to reduce vehicle speeds and to make it safer for children to walk to school.
The Wainscott Road fence has been reinstated
When several Wainscott Road residents received notification from Crest Nicholson, stating that is was no longer their intention to reinstate the fence separating their properties from the playing fields at Choir Close, Liberty Park, your local councillors leapt into action.
Within weeks, the area was cleared and a brand new, gated fence was installed, and the residents expressed their delight.
However, your councillors did not believe that the installation of new fence was enough for both residents and park users. They went on to guarantee funding was secured for new planting and trees ensuring that this area became a feature of the park.
Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams took part in the Great British Spring Clean
The Great British Spring Clean was a campaign with one simple ambition: to bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
Your local councillors, Gary Etheridge, Peter Hicks and John Williams, joined Senior Community Wardens to become “litter heroes”, in Strood Rural.
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.
Following torrential rain, residents of Jarrett Avenue contacted Cllr. John Williams, stating that the drains in Rolvenden Road had waste water coming up out of them. This in turn caused torrents of water to go down into Jarrett Avenue and into their driveways (being the lowest point in the road) and that flooded water was washing down through their garages.
Cllr. Williams contacted the Council, whose response was immediate, meeting with both Cllr. Williams and residents. Since the initial complaint, 3 of the 4 soakaways have been checked, with the 4th requiring a new cover before it can be inspected. Additionally, other work in relation to the gullies has been scheduled to take place when the utility company laying new gas pipes has finished.
Once again, the prompt action of a local councillor and the Council will help ensure that this problem does not re-occur.