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Kent stays strong as business location

Interest in Kent and Medway as business locations has held up reasonably well despite the recession.
 
Locate in Kent, the agency that promotes the county for inward investment, admits it has been a difficult year but hopes to be close to its annual jobs and project target by the end of the month.
 
Locate in Kent chairman Sir Brandon Gough said it had been a difficult year. "But nevertheless, there have been some good transactions, rather better than we might have expected," he added.

St Mary’s secures new funding

Work has resumed on two stalled residential developments at Chatham Maritime.
 
Government Kickstart funding of £6.93 million has enabled development at St Mary’s Island to recommence.
 
The money is being used to build 102 of the 550 new homes to be developed on the island.

Innovative recruitment in Medway Council

Medway Council is celebrating the completion of a ground-breaking recruitment programme which has culminated in five new jobs for the region. (Sourced from eGov Monitor.)
 
With the effects of the recession generating a need for more skilled workers in the housing sector, Medway Council needed to recruit a number of housing officers to meet increased demand.

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Conference tackles skills initiatives

Representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors across Medway and North Kent met in Rochester in March to discuss employment and skills initiatives.
 
Medway Council's portfolio holder for strategic development and economic growth councillor Jane Chitty opened the Integrating Employment and Skills Initiatives conference.
 
Speaking before prime minister Gordon Brown announced the general election, councillor Chitty said: "Regeneration is a word often used to describe physical changes around us, but it’s much more than that."

Chatham milestone reached

Plans for further redevelopment in Chatham were given the go-ahead at the end of last month.
 
Medway Council cabinet members approved proposals for the redevelopment of the High Street and Best Street.
 
The area's masterplan places an emphasis on retail, with Chatham becoming the shopping centre of Medway, thanks to at least 30,000sq m of additional retail space.

General election 2010: Brown in Medway

Prime minister Gordon Brown made Medway the first stop of his election campaign after traveling on the high speed train fresh from calling on The Queen to dissolve parliament. (Sourced from Kent News.)
 
After confirming the election date of May 6, the prime minister met the public and massed media at the Strood Morrisons store.
 
A scrum of camera crews and photographers had been waiting since the visit was announced at around 9.30am. On a charm offensive to locals, with his wife Sarah, Brown had obviously prioritised Kent as an important front in his battle to beat Conservative leader David Cameron.

Medway bids for city status in 2012

Leading architects, designers, regeneration chiefs and local residents are all behind Medway’s new bid to secure city status.
 
More than 200 people showed their support at the Making of Medway launch event, held at the St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime.
 
The towns have made two previously unsuccessful bids for city status, but confidence is high that now is Medway's time to shine. Talking ahead of the announcement of next month's general election the leader of Medway Council, councillor Rodney Chambers, said: "We believe that we have the strongest possible case."

90% of airlines "against new Thames Estuary airport"

Nine out of 10 airlines using Heathrow Airport are opposed to mayor of London Boris Johnson's plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, a council has claimed. (Sourced from BBC News.)
 
The mayor has given his backing to a scheme, thought to cost £40 billion, to use an island off the south-east coast for a six-runway airport.
 
But Medway Council says 90% of airlines - including British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic - are opposed. A spokesman for the mayor said they would consider the findings.

Traffic improvements on Medway City Estate to start in April

Work to improve traffic jams on a busy industrial estate will start in April.

Left-turn only lanes on the approaches to the Antonys Way and Sans Pareil roundabouts on the Medway City Estate were due to be set up in December but freezing weather conditions made it impossible. (Sourced from Kent Online).
 

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