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16 Jun
0

Addressing dangerous parking in Warren Wood Road

Warren Wood Road Parking

Sylvia talking to a Highways engineer about the positioning of the bollards


For years dangerous and inconsiderate parking during the school run has caused extensive damage to the verges and kerbstones in Warren Wood Road as well as traffic hold-ups and delays to buses.
Ward councillors have been able to source some funding for some bollards to be sited on the affected verges to improve road safety for the school children and cut delays to traffic moving around the Warren Wood Estate. The work should be actioned within the next two months.

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15 Jun
0

Friston Recreational Green Improvements

New play equipment

New play equipment


The absence of a footpath across the Friston Recreational Ground has always been a bit of a mystery, in wet weather the field becomes quite boggy and slippery and difficult for parents with prams, wheelchair users and the less able to traverse, especially the slope running down to The Long Walk.
Not even the play park could be accessed without having to cross part of the field. Following approaches from a group of residents about this historic problem, the ward councillors met with Officers to discuss the possibilities of having a footpath laid that would be sympathetic aesthetically to the park setting and provide a safe means for residents to cross the field in all weather conditions. Residents were invited to discuss ideas and one design produced by a Friston Way resident became the base design for the proposed new footpath.
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14 Jun
0

Local artist paintings

Local artist Roger Bushell

Local artist Roger Bushell


Recently one of our constituents, Roger Bushell contacted me re: the front cover of the local Parish magazine. He informed me that he was a local artist and that I might be interested in using one of his paintings as our front cover.
I, along with Cllr John Williams visited Roger at his home, where he showed us examples of his art work and we informed him, that we would be happy to discuss with our members the possibility of doing so, but it be entirely due to their discretion if we used any of his art work.
He did inform us, that, if he did receive any commissions / sales due to the publication he may donate one or two of his smaller pieces to a local charity.
However, if you are interested in buying any pieces from Roger, contact us and we will pass the information on.
Regards
Cllr. Gary Etheridge
Member for Strood Rural

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13 Jun
0

More resurfacing work on our roads

Watson Avenue looking east towards Barberry Avenue

Watson Avenue resurfacing works


We were very pleased that funding was made available for the resurfacing of upper Watson Avenue this year.
With the steady reduction in central Government grants for local authorities there is a challenge to maintain the high quality services that have traditionally been provided in Medway. It was good therefore to have Watson Avenue included in this year’s work programme and the Highways teams did an excellent job.
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13 Jun
0

Celebrating the 90 Year Reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Gary and John at All Saints for the QueenThe Rev’d Nicolas Cooper, led the congregation of All Saints Church in Frindsbury on a journey portraying the Queen’s life, her love of horses, her dedication to people of Great Britain, the Commonwealth, her knowledge of international affairs and her deep involvement with the Armed Forces protecting this country.
He stated, that she is our longest-serving monarch celebrating a landmark birthday, whilst identifying himself with the Queen, in that once her entourage of cars almost accidentally run him down.
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12 Jun
0

Mayor of Medway and Councillors’ Dedications Service

Queen's dedication service

Medway councillors lining up for the procession to the Cathedral


The Rochester South and Horsted ward councillors joined the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, the new Mayor of Medway and fellow Medway councillors in a choral evensong at Rochester Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and the dedication of the new Mayor and councillors. The traditions of this service date back to 1448.

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12 Jun
0

Kent’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott

Sylvia and Trevor with Matthew Scott (Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner)

Sylvia and Trevor with Matthew Scott – Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner


One month after wining the county’s police and crime commissioner election, ward councillors met up with Matthew Scott to celebrate his victory and talk to Matthew about some of the policing needs in Rochester South and Horsted.
We pressed the case for more visible policing and increased support for neighbourhood watch and those residents who have steadfastly supported their local community through running watches. Matthew will be looking into these and already plans are in place to increase significantly the number of PCSOs across the county.

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12 Jun
0

Rochester Fire Station and Road Safety Centre Official Opening

The entrance to the Road Safety Experience at Rochester Fire Station

The Road Safety Experience at Rochester Fire Station


The Road Safety Experience aims to help young people learn from the experience of others, improve their safety and give them the skills they need to make better informed decisions in all driver and passenger situations.
The ward councillors were delighted to attend the official opening of Rochester’s brand new multi-million pound fire station and attached Road Safety Experience located on the old Park and Ride site. Many residents will remember how this area used to attract significant amounts of nuisance anti-social behaviour, especially after dark as cars would race around the park and ride site. The Council were incurring an annual running loss of over £70,000 each year for the under-used site.
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11 Jun
0

St Luke’s Methodist Church, City Way

Trevor and Sylvia with Val Gibson

Trevor and Sylvia with Val Gibson


We have been able to support St Luke’s Methodist Church’s building project over this past year and went along to see how the work is progressing.
The renovations to the fifty year old building will see new meeting rooms, kitchen and disabled toilet facilities in the upper worship area with improved access. Many local groups currently use the church centre and these enhancements will dramatically improve the facilities available to church members and community groups alike. (more…)

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10 Jun
0

Four Elms Roundabout

Your local Conservative team has secured additional grants to redevelop Anthony’s Way and Four Elms Roundabouts.
This significant investment will include a new slip road which will considerably increase capacity, easing congestion for traffic heading towards the peninsula.
Cllr Filmer, is also looking at new lining schemes are Four Elms and Anthony’s Way which will improve capacity and make the roundabouts safer and quicker for residents.
These measures are part of a larger plan which is being drawn up to improve radically the whole system of roundabouts off the Medway City Estate which will really make difference to those using it every day.

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