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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Upgrade of the railway station at Strood begins

Cllrs Iles, Chitty and Hall at the old Strood Train Station

Cllrs Iles, Chitty and Hall at the old Strood Train Station

Work has begun on the upgrade of Strood Railway Station which will see almost £2.7 million of private investment in order to bring it into the 21st century.

The Station, which first opened in 1856, will have a temporary ticket office, which will be in place by Monday 13th March and all platforms will remain open.

The redevelopment of the station follows those at Gillingham, Rainham and the relocation of our other railway station in Rochester. It forms part of Medway Council’s regeneration of the area which intends to provide a modern station as part of a £135m investment programme. SouthEastern has said that the new railway station will include more gates and a bigger hall. There will be a waiting room and new toilet facilities.

The new-look railway station is due to open late 2017.

Medway’s Great British Spring Clean

Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams took part in the Great British Spring Clean

Cllrs Etheridge, Hicks and Williams took part in 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, Gary Etheridge, Peter Hicks and John Williams, joined Senior Community Wardens to become “litter heroes”, in Strood Rural.

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Addressing parking issues on Orion Road

Rupert and Trevor with the new MHS barrierOn many of our roads and especially across the Warren Wood estate, there is often insufficient parking for residents’ vehicles and inevitably parking occurs across verges and on corners.

Responding to concerns raised by residents, the ward councillors linked up with MHS Homes who own and manage a number of the verged areas on the estate to install a barrier at the junction of Orion Road with Warren Wood Road to improve the pedestrian access and help keep sight lines clear at the junction which is on the estate’s bus route. There are a number of other spots that are being looked into currently.

Warren Wood Social Club Signage

Sylvia and Rupert with the newly installed sign

Sylvia and Rupert with the newly installed sign

We have had a few reports over the last couple of years from visitors who have had trouble finding the Warren Wood Social Club which is tucked away off a greened close on the main Warren Wood Road and not easy to see.

The Club too reported complaints from visitors, many of whom were attending there for social events and wakes. In order to assist visitors and cut down on traffic circling the estate, ward councillors arranged for a road sign to be installed close to the bus stop on the main road to aid drivers.

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