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01 Jun

Cllr Tranter’s Rochester Update 01-06-2018

Parking central Rochester

As you know, I have been anxious to get additional parking for central Rochester to cater for growth, and the new road area for coach parking is not ideal. A feasibility study is now under way, and two possibilities in the mix are increasing the height of the multi-storey or additional level(s) to the short-term car park by the station. As ever, you are the first to know and I will update you as this progresses.

Electricity issues in Rochester

You may have read in the press recently about my assistance with this issue which affects the Old Archdeaconry Hotel project. Just to clarify; the high voltage network is fine, but the 240v network is at capacity so we need a new substation (about 4m x 4m). The cost to the customer is one issue, another is finding a location in the heart of the conservation area. Get in touch if you want to know more. Kelly Tolhurst is going to take up our national policy concerns with the regulator.

Accident along esplanade

On 22 May, there was a traffic incident along the Esplanade resulting in a car being turned upside down. I have asked our highways officers to find out the cause(s) and any actions we need to take in terms of enforcement and road design. I will let you know the outcome, but I am now wanting action of some kind to make it safer along that road which is now absurd.

Cleaning up the Esplanade

An enterprising swan made a nest out of rubbish recently near Hathaway Court, so we are taking that as a prompt to organise another river/esplanade litter pick at 10am on Saturday 30th June. Let me know if you can make it!

Free Training Adult Education in Rochester

Throughout June Medway will be taking part in a ‘Festival of Learning’ and there will be many free sessions on a range of topics and interests.  Call in at the Community Hub (aka Library) and pick up your new brochure. Or thanks to our new web site now you can find out more and book online at

Crowd Funding Rochester

Up to £50k is now available towards projects in Rochester – see

Personally I like the idea of improving the ‘Sensory Garden’ in the Esplanade (the raised part) making it interesting especially for those who have problems with sight or other disabilities. But what are your ideas? How about something in Borstal or Cookham Wood area? Please let me know!


It has now been agreed with Conservation officers this can be fitted on the railings by the French Hospital. I will let you know when this happens. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Rochester!

Heritage Buildings Improvements

I am still getting some good ideas about how to move forward with ideas to improve and protect the Guildhall Museum, Corn Exchange and Princes Hall. If you want to discuss, and/or meet do please get in touch. Nothing is yet decided; this is a complex problem I have shared from the outset.

01 Mar

Waste Services Update

With the weather causing serious disruption to all waste services, the Council has provided the following update as of 10.00 am Thursday 1 March

  1. Household Waste Recycling Centres – located at Cuxton, Capstone and Hoath Way are all closed until further notice.
  2. Street Cleaning – All street cleaning services have been suspended, our Contractor Veolia has deployed the staff to assist with the gritting of high profile pedestrian areas.
  3. Refuse / Recycling Collections – As a result of the weather this week we have not collected from households programmed on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Veolia have tried to operate this morning however a number of collection staff have fallen and the waste compaction units are frozen in the vehicles. This means ALL WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES TODAY (THURSDAY) AND TOMORROW (FRIDAY) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. We are advising residents that we will provide a double collection next week. Until that time they are advised to remove waste from the pavement.
  4. To enable Veolia to effectively collect twice the amount of waste next week, the Organic Waste collection service will be suspended all of next week. These resources will be used to assist with the backlog of black sack and recycling waste.
  5. Any bulky waste collection not picked up this week will be collected next week.

Alan Kew
24 Jan

Rochester and Strood by-election will be contested by Alan Kew

Alan Kew

Alan Kew

Rochester and Strood Conservatives have selected Borstal resident Alan Kew, to contest the Rochester West by-election on Thursday 8 March called following the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst MP as the ward councillor. Kelly’s promotion to the Government Whips Office meant she could no longer continue in both roles.
Alan, a keen cyclist and sailor, has lived in Borstal for thirty years. Married to Hilary, they have a grown-up daughter and two grandchildren. He has worked as a civil engineer on regeneration and highway projects for 35 years.

Arrival at Medway Archives
16 Jan

Cllr Steve Iles Celebrates New Arrival at Medway Archives

Cllr Steve Iles recently featured in the Strood and Hoo Peninsula Times when he visited the Medway Archives in Bryant Road, Strood. Steve was there to celebrate the arrival of a model Shorts Brothers composite aircraft from Gun Wharf – something he had been campaigning for.

Kelly Tolhurst MP
12 Jan

Kelly Tolhurst Resigns as Rochester West Councillor

This week the Prime Minister delivered a reshuffle of her government team, and I was extremely honoured to have been asked to join her team as a Government Whip. After discussions with colleagues and residents it is clear I am unable to carry on with my role as a local authority councillor without conflict. This has meant that, with the heaviest of hearts, I am having to resign as a councillor for Rochester West.
I first stood as a councillor in 2011, to represent the ward where I lived and to make a difference to my community. Since then I have been elected as the Member of Parliament and have managed to carry out both roles without complications, representing the constituency in Parliament and Rochester West at Council.

Fresh Talent into Government
10 Jan

Bringing Fresh Talent into Government

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Rochester and Strood Conservatives would like to congratulate our MP Kelly Tolhurst, who has been promoted within Theresa May’s Government to position of Assistant Whip in HM Treasury.

Refuse Collections
19 Dec

Medway Council Christmas Bin Collections 2017

Below you can find the Christmas bin collections for the whole Medway area over the Christmas and New Year of 2017/18.
Christmas revised collections
Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday 25th December Wednesday 27th December
Tuesday 26th December Wednesday 27th December
Wednesday 27th December Thursday 28th December
Thursday 28th December Friday 29th December
Friday 29th December Saturday 30th December
New Year revised collections
Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday 1st January Tuesday 2nd January
Tuesday 2nd January Wednesday 3rd January
Wednesday 3rd January Thursday 4th January
Thursday 4th January Friday 5th January
Friday 5th January Saturday 6th January
Household Waste and Recycling Centre operating times
Date Operating times
Sunday 24th December 9am to 3.45pm
Monday 25th December Closed
Tuesday 26th December Closed
Wednesday 27th December 9am to 3.45pm
Thursday 28th December 8am to 4.15pm
Friday 29th December 8am to 4.15pm
Monday 1st January Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 9am to 3.45pm

23 Nov

Budget Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Yesterday we released the Autumn Budget. This is a Budget for Britain that backs families and businesses.

We’re tackling the cost of living by boosting your pay and cutting your taxes. We’re investing in skills and infrastructure by spending more on research and introducing a National Retraining Scheme. We’re building the homes Britain needs, increasing the number we deliver to 300,000 a year. And we’re taking a balanced approach to our economy by dealing with our debts while investing in our country.

This Conservative Government is building a Britain fit for the future. And we start by tackling the cost of living.

That’s why we’re boosting pay by ensuring the National Living Wage rises from £7.50 an hour to £7.83. So the lowest paid get the support they need.

This means that a full-time worker on the national living wage earns £2,000 a year more than they did before it was introduced.

We’re freezing fuel duty again, saving a typical driver £160 a year. So you can fill up your car without emptying your wallet.

We’re introducing a new railcard to give discounted travel to 26-30 year olds, helping young people afford a journey to work.

And we’re cutting your taxes, raising the tax-free personal allowance to £11,850. Because you earn money for yourself and your family, not for the Government.

But a Britain fit for the future means a Britain that invests in its future.

That’s why we’re spending £30 billion on upgrading our infrastructure, so companies can set up knowing they’ll have access to world-class infrastructure.

It’s why we’re spending over £2 billion extra on science and innovation – as well as setting up the world’s first Artificial Intelligence commission. Which will put Britain at the forefront of the technological revolution.

Most important, investing in our future means building more homes.

That’s why we’re increasing the number of homes we build to 300,000 a year – the biggest annual increase since 1970. So that the next generation can get on the housing ladder and get on in life.

To make the dream of home ownership a reality, as of yesterday, we have abolished stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing property up to £300,000.

That’s a saving £1,660‎ on the average first-time buyer property and means no stamp duty at all for 80% of first time buyers from yesterday.

And to make sure everyone gets the support they need, we’re investing more in our NHS.

We’re going to spend an extra £2.8 billion on health, including £350 million for additional beds this winter. We will deliver an additional £10 billion package of capital investment over the course of this Parliament. So you know that the NHS will be there for you when you need it.

Yesterday’s budget shows that we’re backing families and businesses. Preparing for Brexit and beyond. And building a Britain fit for the future.

If you would like to support the our plans to build a Britain that is truly fit for the future please join us today.

Thank you,

Philip Hammond
Chancellor of the Exchequer

Cllrs Steve and Josie Iles at the Station
22 Sep

Regeneration at Strood Station

Cllrs Mr and Mrs Iles and Cllr Chitty with Nina of Network Rail and staff of WPB Contractors

Cllrs Steve Iles (Strood North), Cllr Josie Iles (Strood South) and Cllr Chitty (Strood North) with Nina of Network Rail and staff of WPB Contractors.

Councillors Steve Iles and Jane Chitty of Strood North, and Councillor Josie Iles of Strood South, were delighted with the progress being made by regeneration works taking place at Strood Station.
The Conservatives’ longstanding commitment to regeneration across Medway saw the Council successfully launch a bid and secure funding from the Local Government Fund to partner Network Rail in this development.
The £2.8 million improvement project will bring numerous benefits to commuters; including a new waiting room, bigger booking hall, improved toilet facilities and additional ticket gates. The new and improved station is expected to reopen to the public before the end of the year.

Rochester and Strood Employment Stats Sept 2017
14 Sep

Rochester and Strood Unemployment Figures

Rochester and Strood Employment Stats Sept 2017