Category: Strood Rural News

All Saints Church Frindsbury, Society Sunday

Cllrs. Gary Etheridge & John Williams, along with the Rev’d Nicolas Cooper, Reverend Sue Vallente-Kerr and a member of the congregation.

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.

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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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KCC Elections

Alan Ridgers with Diane Marsh and Cllr Gary Etheridge

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.

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Islingham Farm Road Speed Restrictions

Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams at the new 20mph zone on Islingham Farm Road

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.

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Wainscott Road Fence

The Wainscott Road fence has been reinstated

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.

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Medway’s Great British Spring Clean

Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams took part in the Great British Spring Clean

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.

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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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Adverse Rain Conditions

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.

Residents Thank Local Councillor

Cllr John Williams with one of the lamp postsWhen Cllr. John Williams received a complaint from an elderly resident about a newly installed street light that had not been working for weeks, he leapt into action immediately. Further investigation identified that no light fitting had actually been installed, this was swiftly followed up by contacting the appropriate department at Medway Council and informing them of the situation.

Within 24 hours, the new lantern had been fitted and was working. The resident was delighted and said she

…felt safer now the street was now illuminated and the area of darkness gone. On behalf of myself and my neighbours, we would like to thank the Council for their prompt action on this matter.”

Cliffe Woods Residents Voice Their Opposition

Local Councillors, in conjunction with the MP., received hundreds of objections from Cliffe Woods residents, to a proposed planning application for 227 new houses to be built locally. A public meeting on the 7th October was held to ensure that the views of residents was heard first hand.

The meeting was attended by both Parish and Medway councillors, along with the MP. Kelly Tolhurst. It was standing room only, with some 250 people squeezing into the hall, and many more outside. Loudspeakers were placed outside of the hall to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to hear what was being said. For the residents of Cliffe Woods, this meeting was a great success, as they had the opportunity to air their views and to seek support from their elected representatives.

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