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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
Kelly 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.
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: 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.
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.
Parking remains a major issue in many parts of Rochester South and Horsted ward and where residential meets industrial there are added complications in ensuring that vehicular access is kept open and residents are not overly inconvenienced.
The access to Fort Horsted Business Centre (Rochester South and Horsted’s very own scheduled ancient monument – see our earlier story and photos of this fabulous hidden gem of a Napoleonic fort) is off Primrose Close and heavy plant and lorry traffic needs to be able to enter the site at certain times.