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Medway Renaissance axed as part of cutbacks

Wed 20 October 2010, 1:59 pm

Council chiefs yesterday axed the Medway Renaissance team as part of on-going cost-cutting measures. (Sourced from here.)
The regeneration unit's fate was sealed at Medway Council's cabinet this afternoon.

An in-depth report written ahead of the meeting revealed that central Government funding for the 17-man team was due to end in March, 2011, and that there was no indication that any more cash would be made available.

This would force Medway Council to pick up the £1 million annual cost of running the Renaissance department.

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: "Very sadly, without the guarantee of any Government funding, Medway Renaissance cannot continue in its present form after March 2011.

"The challenge now is to build on the unit's remarkable achievements. In particular, I want to stress that successful completion of the current Chatham works programme - the new bus station and vital investment in environmental, road and junction improvements - is guaranteed.

"And there are many other projects across Medway that have an exciting future well beyond March 2011. These include the superb Rochester Riverside regeneration site where Crest Nicholson is preparing to build the first new homes."

Regeneration boss Robin Cooper added: "The unit has contributed greatly to the success of Medway and its achievements cannot be underestimated.

"Without funding and with significantly declining council funding over the next four years there is no realistic prospect of maintaining Medway Renaissance."

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