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Medway bids for city status in 2012

Leading architects, designers, regeneration chiefs and local residents are all behind Medway’s new bid to secure city status.
More than 200 people showed their support at the Making of Medway launch event, held at the St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime.
The towns have made two previously unsuccessful bids for city status, but confidence is high that now is Medway's time to shine. Talking ahead of the announcement of next month's general election the leader of Medway Council, councillor Rodney Chambers, said: "We believe that we have the strongest possible case."

90% of airlines "against new Thames Estuary airport"

Nine out of 10 airlines using Heathrow Airport are opposed to mayor of London Boris Johnson's plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, a council has claimed. (Sourced from BBC News.)
The mayor has given his backing to a scheme, thought to cost £40 billion, to use an island off the south-east coast for a six-runway airport.
But Medway Council says 90% of airlines - including British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic - are opposed. A spokesman for the mayor said they would consider the findings.

Traffic improvements on Medway City Estate to start in April

Work to improve traffic jams on a busy industrial estate will start in April.

Left-turn only lanes on the approaches to the Antonys Way and Sans Pareil roundabouts on the Medway City Estate were due to be set up in December but freezing weather conditions made it impossible. (Sourced from Kent Online).

Rediscover the south coast

As the euro becomes more costly and plane travel loses its appeal, British travellers are rediscovering the holiday locations on their doorsteps – and the big surprise is how much some of these locations have changed.

The south‑east coast used to be best known for its dockyards, but lately it has become a really attractive short-break destination. (Sourced from the Guardian.)

Revised Chatham bus station design wins council approva

Chatham is to get a £5 million bus station paid for by the Homes and Communities Agency out of funds earmarked for Thames Gateway regeneration projects.

Medway Council last week gave planning permission for the project after designs were altered following public consultation to reduce the number of trees that must be felled to make way for it. (Sourced from Planning Resource.)

Council approves flats – through gritted teeth

Plans for a £14 million, 92-flat building at the former Ashbys Yard, on Wharf Road, were begrudgingly approved by borough councillors on Monday.

But they said the green light was only given because "their hands were tied behind their backs" and "they couldn't think of a legitimate planning reason to turn it down."(Sourced from thisiskent.)

United House Medway

Specialist house builder reveals contract wins with Places for People, Medway Council and Enfield Homes.

United House has won three new contracts worth over £18m for Decent Homes refurbishment.(Sourced from

Public consultation on conservation area

Medway residents are being asked to contribute their opinions on proposed changes to Rochester’s conservation area.

The new draft review of the area seeks to develop ways to preserve and appreciate the town’s areas of historic interest.

Historic business centre celebrates

The Joiners Shop in The Historic Dockyard Chatham is celebrating its successful first year of operation - with 80% of its 44 units now occupied.
The 200-year old building is Grade II* listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has a colourful history and its most recent incarnation is as a specialist Centre for Creative Industries. It opened in January 2009 and is already home to 38 businesses.

Minister tours Medway

Thames Gateway minister Shahid Malik MP visited Medway to see progress on key schemes in a regeneration programme now valued at £6 billion.
First stop was Medway Park, a training base for athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and a regional centre of sporting excellence after the Games. The running track is ready, the sports hall under construction, the £11 million project ahead of schedule.

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