Your Councillors

Cllr John AveyCllr John Avey

John has lived in Strood South for over 30 years and has had the honour to represent the ward for the past 9 years. He has worked in many public sector posts which has given him a bank of knowledge and experiences that he has been able to apply to the role in the areas of further education, highways, planning, environmental health and housing.

Alongside John’s ward representative role, he also currently sits on the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Employment Matters Committee and Appeals Panel, Medway Home Improvement Agency, Medway Tourism Association and the Member Development Advisory Group.

Cllr Josie IlesCllr Josie Iles
I am delighted to be back representing the residents of Strood South. Winning the recent by election has given me the opportunity to continue to serve and work with and for the people of Strood South.

I have lived in Strood South for 30 years and like any other resident I like living here. It is a good place to live and has many assets: Rede Common with its circular walk and Strood Community Trail, recently refurbished Strood Sports Centre and Medway Valley Park with its eateries, bowling alley and hotel.

There is however always room for further improvement and moreover economic development that we need and deserve.

Improvement within our infrastructure is a priority. Being situated within ‘pinch points’ created by railway bridges and steep hills has challenged the increasing flow of modern transport causing constant delays and frustrations.

With 9m funding to be invested in Strood we can look forward to a very much and welcomed improved infrastructure. As your representative I will be your voice at every opportunity to ensure this funding is used to achieve the optimal and most beneficial outcomes that work for us all.

In terms of economic growth alongside the housing developments planned for Strood South it is vital new employment opportunities are created as well. I will work with my Conservative colleagues on the Council to encourage new employment, business start-ups and commercial investment into the ward to help provide jobs local people need.

Let’s not forget, refuse collection, street cleaning, road resurfacing and general repairs – services that are vital for everyday living. I understand the need to engage with the everyday nitty-gritty of Council services and to support residents in ensuring that these essential services are maintained and remedial works are carried out promptly.

Thank you for giving me once again the opportunity to represent you.

Cllr Mark JoyCllr Mark Joy

I have been a Medway resident for thirteen years and lived here in Strood South with my wife and family these past three years.  I have been an active campaigner, representing my different communities for over six years, firstly as a Parish Councillor and more recently as a Medway Councillor.

In my short time as a Strood South councillor, I have had the privilege to represent many local residents and in particular on Medway Gate where I have helped establish the new Management Company and been closely involved in arranging for the hand over of the estate from the developers to Medway Council.  With my Conservative colleague, I helped set up and support Residents Associations, worked with a local business and residents in community cleanups as well as supported the excellent Friends of Rede Common group who do such a great job looking after the ward’s largest open space.

Priorities remain co-operating closely with Kent Police and the Council’s Warden Team to help reduce antisocial behaviour in the ward. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues John and Josie to bring positive change to Strood South.