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Leader steps down after 15 years

Fri 15 May 2015, 5:11 pm

Rodney Chambers, who has been the leader of Medway Council for 15 years has announced he won’t stand for a further term. He has been the only leader in the unitary authority's history.

Deputy leader, Councillor Alan Jarrett, has put his name forward as a potential replacement for Chambers, who will remain as a local councillor. A decision on a new council leader is to be agreed at a full council meeting on 27 May, as Medway1 went to press.

Chambers released a statement, thanking those he had worked closely with over the last 15 years. “Medway has witnessed tremendous change over the period of my leadership,” he said.

“Our regeneration programme has gone from strength to strength with both Rochester Riverside and Chatham Waters moving ahead.

"Victory Pier in Gillingham has developed, and ambitious plans for Strood and Chatham are progressing well. Much of this has been achieved by successfully bidding for funding from government and other sources and ensuring Medway is recognised as an area where regeneration is a reality that is truly benefitting residents and businesses.”

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