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Infrastructure work proceeds

Wed 19 June 2019, 4:21 pm

The next stage of works to transform Strood town centre and Waterfront to improve road surfaces and flood defences in the area are due to be completed this summer.

Medway Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) secured £9m from the government’s Local Growth Fund to carry out improvement works in the town centre.

Work began in February last year after a consultation with residents and businesses, and a number of projects have already been completed including improvements to the Commercial Road car park and Tolgate Lane.

Medway Council's contractor, VolkerHighways, started a ten-week project in mid-May to remove block paving on Strood High Street to be replaced with tarmac. The work is being carried out at weekends, and is due to be completed next month.

The council was also awarded £3.5m funding to invest in flood defences to regenerate the former Civic Centre and Strood Riverside brownfield sites for future residential development.

Strood Waterfront will be transformed with more than 1,000 new homes, which will include affordable housing, businesses and public spaces.

The flood works, which are being carried out by engineering firm VolkerStevin, are due to be finished in the summer.

Councillor Phil Filmer, the council’s portfolio holder for frontline services, said: "The transformation of Strood town centre is a very exciting project.

“We have worked closely with businesses during the improvement works and have kept them updated as the work progressed. We are also carrying out the transformation works in phases to minimise disruption.”

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