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Pickles disputes Cable claim over quality of LEP bids

Communities secretary Eric Pickles yesterday flatly contradicted claims from business secretary Vince Cable that only a quarter of local enterprise partnership proposals are 'up to scratch'. (Sourced from Regeneration and Renewal.)
 
Cable made his comments at a Liberal Democrat conference fringe meeting last month, saying that only 15 of the 57 LEP bids received by government were up to scratch, and that the rest would need "a lot of work" to bring them up to standard.
 
But Pickles, questioned yesterday by Regeneration & Renewal at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, gave short shrift to the business secretary’s comments. He said bluntly: "That is simply not true."

Locate in Kent records positive perceptions

Locate in Kent's 2010 Perception Study reveals that seven out of ten respondents rated Kent a "good" or "very good" business location.
 
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents knew of Locate in Kent and 84% were very or fairly favourable in their opinion of the agency.

New £2.5m crossing given go-ahead by council

Work to improve traffic flow on a major Rochester road will get underway next month after being rubber-stamped by council chiefs. (Sourced from Kent News.)
 
The £2.5 million "open vista" project will see Corporation Street completely revamped, allowing better access between historic Rochester and the new riverside development site.
 
Bus stops, cycle paths and pedestrian crossings will also be improved.

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.

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