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Strood regeneration on display

by Natalie Vincent Thu 30 August 2018, 9:44 am

The 9 million regeneration of Strood was showcased at a family fun day in the town centre.

The renovated Commercial Road car park

Residents, visitors and businesses were invited by Medway Council to see completed improvements to the Commercial Road car park, Tolgate Lane and the new-look Strood market at the  Love Strood event at the end of August.

The event, which included facepainting, street entertainment, a construction machine simulator and a mobile children's library, also showcased future phases of the works, which include changes to the road layout to help improve peoples' journey through the town centre.

The project aims to boost economic growth, provide new jobs and encourage pride in the area.

Medway Council's portfolio holder for economic growth, Jane Chitty, said: "This is a very exciting time for Strood. The completed works look fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the works take shape."

The council  successfully secured funding for the improvement works from the government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)  to improve the town centre. Construction started in February following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses.

Christian Brodie, chair of SELEP, said: "It's exciting to see the community come together to celebrate a new beginning for Strood town centre.

"Local Growth Funding is all about making a real, positive difference to the places where people live. The £9 million funding towards these improvements is a very real example of that ethos being put into practice."

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