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.
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.
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.