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09 Oct
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Cliffe Woods Residents Voice Their Opposition

Local Councillors, in conjunction with the MP., received hundreds of objections from Cliffe Woods residents, to a proposed planning application for 227 new houses to be built locally. A public meeting on the 7th October was held to ensure that the views of residents was heard first hand.
The meeting was attended by both Parish and Medway councillors, along with the MP. Kelly Tolhurst. It was standing room only, with some 250 people squeezing into the hall, and many more outside. Loudspeakers were placed outside of the hall to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to hear what was being said. For the residents of Cliffe Woods, this meeting was a great success, as they had the opportunity to air their views and to seek support from their elected representatives.
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08 Oct
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Maintaining roads in Strood South

Maintaining roads: Jnct Dart Close and Darnley Road Carriageway Resurfacing

Jnct Dart Close and Darnley Road Carriageway Resurfacing


Darnley Road experiences heavy traffic flows and being a major bus route through the ward it is important to make sure repairs and improvements are made to the road surface.
Other highway improvement works carried out by Conservative-run Medway Council in Strood South included the resurfacing of Parkfields, the whole of Lancelot Avenue and works to improve the junctions of Dart Close and Columbine Road with Darnley Road.
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06 Oct
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Engagement Event for Hook Meadow Community Centre and Library development proposal

Trevor and Rupert with Walderslade councillor, David Brake

Trevor and Rupert with Walderslade councillor, David Brake


Cllrs Trevor Clarke and Rupert Turpin attended an engagement event to meet with users of the Hook Meadow Community Centre.
The Council are considering changing the use of the land which currently has the Hook Meadow Community Centre and the Library on in King George Road at the junction with Walderslade Road (Hook Meadow is the eastern boundary of the Rochester South and Horsted ward). Some of the land on this site may also be used to provide for a new mixed housing development.
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06 Oct
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Strood Community Hub and Library

Strood Community Hub

Strood Community Hub


Josie had the opportunity previously to campaign and work with her Conservative Council colleagues to develop the community hub in Strood High Street. There was a million pound investment into this one-stop centre for all Council services and the old library was relocated here too into purpose-built surroundings as part of the project.
It is important that local residents have the right and the opportunity to access and enjoy modern services in safe, purpose-built premises. Full details of the services provided out of the hub can be found on the Council’s website.
Many of the everyday issues that residents face in the ward (including abandoned vehicles, blue badges, bus passes, pest control, safer communities, trees, untidy land etc) can be dealt with face-to-face at the hub.
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29 Sep
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Rede Common

Josie at the Rede Common site

Josie at the Rede Common site


Rede Common, or Sandy Banks as it is sometimes known, in Strood South ward offers a super place for walkers and outdoor activities.
Over 11 hectares of acid grassland with areas of scrub, this open space provides a vital home for wildlife and flora. The site is owned by Medway Council who work in conjunction with the excellent local Friends of Rede Common group to maintain and protect this unique greenspace right here in the centre of Strood.
The Friends have a website which details the history of the site and how you can be involved in their conservation work.
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27 Sep
0

Pavement Politics: Street Lighting

Street light in Swale Road

Street light in Swale Road


Having had the privilege of representing my home ward on Medway Council previously, I understand the need to engage with the everyday nitty-gritty of Council services and to support the local residents in ensuring vital repair or improvement works are carried out promptly.
One such minor issue I dealt with was a broken street light in Swale Road. Not only did it need a replacement column but the wear and the tear of the earlier installation had contributed to damage to the footway and I was able to arrange with Highways officers to have the replacement column erected and repairs to the footway actioned.
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27 Sep
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Dealing with abandoned vehicles

Abandoned car on Horsted Way

Abandoned car on Horsted Way


We have seen more reports of abandoned vehicles this year in the ward and were recently approached by residents in Horsted Way and Wilson Avenue concerned that the police / DVLA had not dealt with two vehicles that had been there for several months.
After escalating the matter, we are pleased to report that both vehicles have now been removed. If you do notice any such vehicles in the ward please get in contact with us.
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26 Sep
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Education Provision

Education - Strood Academy

Strood Academy


Children living in Strood South have the opportunity to attend Strood Academy. The new buildings in Carnation Road were built at a cost of £26 million and opened in September 2012.
As the attached picture shows, they offer an outstanding learning environment with excellent outside play areas as well as fantastic sports facilities. The Academy say on their website that these “buildings reflect our education vision of creating a mature and purposeful educational environment where children of all abilities can learn and thrive.
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24 Sep
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Strood South Canvassing

Some of the Strood South canvassing team

Some of the Strood South canvassing team


The campaign proper began in glorious sunshine on Saturday, our team of 15 canvassers including the Leader of the Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, spent two sessions with Josie meeting residents and finding out about the issues that matter to Strood South residents.
It’s encouraging to know that the successful weekly refuse and kerbside recycling programmes and the lowest Council Tax in Kent that the Conservative council have maintained are still important to local residents.
This by-election is all about the local issues and we are grateful to those residents who shared their thoughts. A very enjoyable day had by us all and good to see the wide support for an experienced candidate who will be putting the ward where she lives first.

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24 Sep
2

Improved play facilities in the ward: Laburnum Road Recreation Ground

laburnum-play-facilitiesAs part of the Conservative-led council in Medway, Josie was able to campaign and bid for funding to improve the play facilities across the ward.
Similar to the work Josie did for the Rushdean Road play area, she was involved in obtaining funding for the refurbishment of the Laburnum Road Recreation Ground play area seen here.
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