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Visit Kent welcomes PM David Cameron’s tourism pledge

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive of Visit Kent, has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s endorsement of the key role tourism will play in driving forward economic recovery. (Sourced from Only Kent.)
 
Speaking in London, Mr Cameron stressed the importance of tourism to the economy stating that it is the third highest export earner with a huge domestic market – supporting 200,000 businesses contributing £115 billion to the British economy and employing nearly ten per cent of the workforce.

No 1 Smithery opens at Chatham Historic Dockyard

A new museum that gives a boss "goosebumps" is set to boost revenue and visitors at Chatham Historic Dockyard. (Sourced from Kent Online.)
 
No 1 Smithery, a joint venture between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, houses some 4,000 ship models and marine paintings that have been hidden away for years.

Medway Park: Olympic legacy in action

Bob Dimond, Medway’s 2012 manager, has described Medway Park as a great example of Olympic legacy in action.
 
Speaking exclusively to Medway1 Magazine, he said: "People that may never have walked through these doors before might come here now and get enthused."

Environmental boost for Medway

The opening of the new Holborough Marshes nature reserve in Snodland back in May is helping Medway’s ambition to become a green urban destination.
 
The site is owned by Lafarge Cement and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust, and has received funding from Valley of Visions Landscape Partnership Scheme, Lafarge, Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England.

Work to start on lower Gillingham development

Work is set to begin on the MHS Homes development in Gillingham, with the demolition of the former Four Brothers pub.
 
The site was purchased back in March 2010 and nine flats are to be built as part of the scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with Medway Council, The Chartway Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
 
Emma Riddington, head of development at MHS Homes said: "The new homes are situated in a sought after area of Gillingham with easy road and rail network links over the county and to London.

Residents consulted over transport plans

Medway residents are being asked for their opinions on the future of the area’s transport provision.
 
Over the next 12 weeks Medway Council is seeking feedback on the new Local Transport Plan (LTP), which runs from 2011 to 2026.
 
A series of exhibitions will be held in libraries and shopping centres from July to September this year, where people can give their thoughts on public transport services, cycle routes, public footpaths and what can be done to improve congestion and access to services.

Leader writes to MPs to block Thames Estuary Airport development

Councillor Rodney Chambers, leader of Medway Council, wrote to MPs at the beginning of this month urging them to join the campaign against an airport in the Thames estuary.
 
London Mayor Boris Johnson has proposed a £40 billion six-runway airport in the Thames estuary but Medway council sees the scheme as a pie in the sky plan that would ruin the area.

Councillor Carter bids to replace enterprise quango

Kent County Council leader councillor Paul Carter has issued a rallying call aimed at forming a local body to drive forward regeneration and enterprise initiatives. (Sourced from Kent News.)
 
The new organisation would replace the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), which is being abolished by the coalition government.

Medway1 issue three out soon

The next issue of Medway’s official regeneration magazine will be landing on the desks of regeneration professionals up and down the country in the next few weeks.
 
Packed with all the latest developments from the area’s ambitious regeneration programme, issue three promises to be the biggest and most comprehensive yet. Despite the economic climate, Medway is delivering.
 
News articles provide latest updates on the schemes and initiatives helping turn the five towns into a thriving 21st century city. Also this latest edition of the magazine features a detailed examination of the innovative businesses flocking to Medway, as well as an in-depth look at the changes taking place in Chatham.

Green residential schemes launch by the river

Energy efficient waterside living is to become a reality in Medway with the launch of two new schemes at St Mary’s Island.
 
Countryside Maritime’s developments The Sail Loft and Riverside Quarter, which are joint ventures with the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), have already been attracting enquiries from buyers.

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