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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.

Medway on screen: Rochester events taking place throughout July

Screen Archive South East, with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is leading an exciting new community history project looking at the River Medway in the twentieth century. (Sourced from Rochester People.)
 
It is devoted to the River Medway, the towns and villages it passes through and its important place in the social, industrial and agricultural history of Medway and Kent in the last century.

Enterprise agency Seeda axed in Osborne's Budget

Major investment in Kent will be handled at a more local level following the Government’s announcement to abolish one of the UK’s largest unelected decision-makers. (Sourced from Kent News.)
 
The South East England Development Agency (Seeda) – which is responsible for the social and economic growth of the region – was one of the highest-profile casualties of this week’s Budget when Chancellor George Osborne announced he was scrapping all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

Historic Dockyard Chatham prepares for "greatest launch since HMS Victory"

A once decaying maintenance building used to build and repair Royal Navy ships will reopen as the £13 million centrepiece of Chatham Historic Dockyard next month after receiving its first fleet of models and historic artefacts. (Sourced from Culture 24.)
 
The No.1 Smithery’s collection of globetrotting maritime objects and art, ranging from miniatures of Napoleonic ships to gold cups used by VIPs onboard, will entertain visitors to the Dockyard with five dedicated new areas.

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