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  23rd April 2010

In This Issue

Chatham milestone reached

Medway bids for city status in 2012

Conference tackles skills initiatives

St Mary’s secures new funding

Medway sports new honour

General election 2010: Brown in Medway

90% of airlines "against new Thames Estuary airport"

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Chatham milestone reached

Chatham

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.
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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."
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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."
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St Mary’s secures new funding

St Mary's Island

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.
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Medway sports new honour

Medway joined the likes of Berlin and Budapest this month, staging a round of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup earlier this month.
 
Medway Park, which has been selected as a pre-games Olympic training came, successfully staged the city's first ever global sporting event.
 
The former Black Lion Leisure Centre is now able to host high profile events following its £11 million redevelopment.
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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.
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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.
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