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Demolition paves way for waterfront development

by Jim Dunton Thu 31 October 2013, 5:00 pm

A row of empty shops in Chatham has been demolished so that the site can be marketed to developers for a mixed-use riverside scheme.

Medway Council said that in the long term it was keen to see new shops and waterfront apartments on the Medway Street site, which is at the east end of Chatham High Street.

In the short term, the site will be used as a temporary car park.

Deputy council leader Alan Jarrett said the site clearance represented progress for the area.

“The shops would win no prizes for their looks – they are well past their best and we are removing them to open up the riverside and prepare the site for a developer to move in and start transforming the site,” he said.

“It will provide new homes and jobs for local people -  this is excellent news for the people of Medway”.

Regeneration lead Councillor Jane Chitty said the demolition demonstrated the extent to which Medway was investing in Chatham’s future.

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