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 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.
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.
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.
Rochester and Strood Conservatives are pleased to welcome back into the local Conservative Party, Strood South Cllr Mark Joy who has been sitting as an Independent.
Rochester and Strood Chairman Cllr Trevor Clarke said:
Following the historic decision to vote to leave the European Union in June’s Referendum and the determination of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver that exit, we have seen many former members return to the Party.
We welcome Mark and look forward to him representing the residents of Strood South alongside our other two councillors there. The recent by-election highlighted the many issues affecting Strood South and the need for working together to help deliver the ongoing improvements the ward needs and the residents deserve. With a strengthened team in the ward, we are determined to do that.
Having campaigned for Josie during the recent by-election, Mark has now joined the Conservative Group and is looking forward to working with Josie and John in representing the residents of Strood South.
Deputy Mayoress at the Opening Ceremony with Cllrs Mr and Mrs Iles with Kelly Tolhurst MP
Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst joined her Conservative councillor colleagues Josie and Steve Iles and the Deputy Mayor of Medway Cllr Gloria Opara at the official opening of the refurbished McDonald’s on Medway Valley Leisure Park.
Enhancements to the restaurant include table service with customers able to order from the new digital kiosks as well as from a member of staff at the till. Free to use tablets have also been installed at some tables for customers who want to check their news feed, emails or play games.
After a short campaign, Josie Iles was elected as Councillor for Strood South. The Medway Messenger reported on the low turnout and the impact it had on UKIP.
Josie with fellow Conservative councillors and members at the count
Josie Iles was declared the winner of the Strood South by-election with a 203 majority over Labour. The Conservatives overturned a 238 UKIP majority from May 2015 to take back the seat.
I am delighted to be back. I should like to thank the residents of Strood South who kept faith with me and voted for me in yesterday’s by-election. To all residents of Strood South it will be an honour and privilege to once again represent you and be your strong local voice.
I will honour my pledge to work for you and with you to resolve issues with the very best outcomes and deliver the improvements our area needs and deserves.
Jnct Dart Close and Darnley Road Carriageway Resurfacing
Darnley Road experiences heavy traffic flows and being a major bus route through the ward it is important to make sure repairs and improvements are made to the road surface.
Other highway improvement works carried out by Conservative-run Medway Council in Strood South included the resurfacing of Parkfields, the whole of Lancelot Avenue and works to improve the junctions of Dart Close and Columbine Road with Darnley Road.