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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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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Addressing parking issues: Primrose Close

Sylvia and Rupert alongside Fort Horsted boundary

Sylvia and Rupert alongside Fort Horsted boundary

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.

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Great British Spring Clean

Ward councillors getting stuck in on The Great British Spring Clean

Ward councillors getting stuck in on 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, Trevor Clarke, Sylvia Griffin and Rupert Turpin joined with a couple of residents and the community wardens to become “litter heroes” in Rochester South and Horsted.

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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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