Barberry Avenue Resurfacing

Trevor and Sylvia looking north post works

Trevor and Sylvia looking north post works

With the heavily reduced central government funding for local authorities, it is increasingly difficult to have all the repair, maintenance and improvement works we would like to see occur across the ward. It was very pleasing therefore to be able to have the whole of Barberry Avenue on the Davis Estate completely resurfaced.

Due to the sheer volume of traffic around the popular Horsted schools site, there had been a rapid deterioration in the road surface this past year with various large potholes opening up regularly. The ward councillors had been arranging emergency patches with the Highways team but this was not satisfactory and not a long term solution.

We think the new road surface looks great and we spoke with a number of residents who told us they were pleased at the works being handled both within the school holiday period and finished on time.

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The Bridge Wardens, The Tideway

Views of The Bridge Wardens site

The Bridge Wardens pub on The Tideway is the western most building in the Rochester South and Horsted ward and sits on the boundary of all three of the Rochester wards. The pub closed down in September 2016 and there has been a planning application – reference MC/17/1923 – submitted to demolish the pub and build 2 x 3 bedroom and 6 x 4 bedroom houses (8 homes in total) with associated parking, gardens and landscaping.

Please see the Medway Council planning portal via following link for further details: https://publicaccess.medway.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_MEDWA_DCAPR_147152

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Kent and Medway Schools Korfball Tournament

Ward councillors undergoing vigorous Korfball training session

Ward councillors undergoing vigorous Korfball training session

Rochester South and Horsted ward councillors had the pleasure in attending the Kent and Medway Schools Korfball Tournament which was held recently at in the ward at The King’s Sports Centre (formerly Stirling Centre), Maidstone Road Rochester.

The investment by The King’s School into the outdoor courts at the centre has made the venue an attractive location to hold various sporting tournaments. We were all very new to korfball and it was a great experience to see over 100 children competing in this growing sport. We asked Stuart McLellan, the Kent Area Chairman, to explain the rules and origins of the sport.

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Road Safety Improvements, Highview Drive

Cllrs Clarke and Griffin with the bollard at Highview Drive

Cllrs Clarke and Griffin with the bollard at Highview Drive

An unfortunate by-product of the cycling corridor improvements along the stretch of Maidstone Road / Highview Drive at the Toys-R-Us roundabout following the widening of the footpath, which allowed bikes and pedestrians to more easily co-mingle on the southern side of the roundabout, was that vehicles began using it as a shortcut from Shirley Avenue.

We were alerted to this by local residents and arranged for the Road Safety team and Highways Engineers to attend and a central bollard was subsequently installed to stop this dangerous and thoughtless practice.

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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Topping Out Ceremony at Rogallo Place, Horsted Park

Artist’s impression of completed Care Home

Artist’s impression of completed Care Home

Ward councillors joined senior managers from Countryside Properties and Amicus Horizon for the official Topping Out ceremony at Rogallo Place on Monday to celebrate the laying of the last roof tile on the Extra Care scheme at Horsted Park. To be managed by Amicus Horizon who run various other schemes across the Towns, Rogallo Place will provide;

  • 36 x 1-bed apartments for rent
  • 2 x 2-bed apartments for rent
  • 9 x 1-bed apartments for shared ownership
  • 16 x 2-bed apartments for shared ownership

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SouthEastern Rail Franchise

Southeastern Trains Logo

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.

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Changing Lives Building Dreams, Wilson Avenue

Sylvia and Rupert with the Mayor and representatives from CLBD

Sylvia and Rupert with the Mayor and representatives from CLBD

The Rochester South and Horsted ward is home to over 20% of all the care home places provided in Medway and alongside the larger established homes we have a number of smaller providers.

Changing Lives Building Dreams (CLBD) is one such whose mission is to provide specialist healthcare with the aim of providing a safe and homely environment that promotes empowerment, independence and choice whilst enhancing the individuals with their daily living skills.

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Kelly Tolhurst re-selected for Rochester and Strood

Kelly Tolhurst selectedKelly Tolhurst re-selected as part of Theresa May’s team as Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood constituency

Kelly Tolhurst has been re-selected by Rochester and Strood to be part of Theresa May’s Conservative team for the General Election on 8 June.

Kelly said:

I’m delighted to be re-selected in Rochester and Strood as part of Theresa May’s team.

The choice at the election is clear. Strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May to see us through Brexit and beyond – delivering well-paid jobs; more affordable housing; a good school place for every child; and a strong economy paying for a strong NHS.

The alternative is a hung Parliament and coalition of chaos with Jeremy Corbyn – propped up by the SNP, the Lib Dems and others. This will jeopardise our Brexit negotiations, and every single one of us in Rochester and Strood will pay for it in higher taxes, fewer jobs, more waste and more debt.”

Kelly Tolhurst was born and has lived in Rochester and Strood all her life. Educated in Strood she went straight into full time work while continuing her studies at Mid Kent Collage in the evenings. In 2002 she started her own business as a marine surveyor and turned a passion into work having grown up around the River Medway.

Having unsuccessfully fought a by-election in 2014, Kelly was elected as MP for Rochester & Strood at the 2015 general election. Over the last 2 years her focus has been around health, particularly Medway Hospital and its journey out of Special Measures, improvements to infrastructure ahead of the Local Plan and new Thames Crossing, and prioritising continued economic growth for Medway, including the awarding of the enterprise zone at Rochester Airport.

Theresa May’s Speech calls for General Election

Theresa May: I have just chaired a meeting of Cabinet where we agreed that the Government should call a general election to be held on the 8th June. I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election. Last summer after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership and since I became Prime Minister the Government has delivered precisely that. Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.

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