Cllr 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.