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Works to be carried out by Volker Highways Ltd week commencing 24th July 2017

Highway Adoption Works - Roadway Resurfacing. 

On Monday 24th July Volker Highways Ltd, on behalf of Medway Council, will be conducting pre-adoption works on the roads that will affect users of the highway and create some short term parking restrictions whilst the road is resurfaced.  These works will be undertaken between the hours of 08.00 - 17.00 with an estimated duration of up to 10 days.  Please refer to on-street notice boards for specific dates.  Footway access will not be interrupted.  The roads affected are:  The Crescent, Redshank Road, Samphire Way, Woodlark Road, Partridge Drive, Egret Close, Dunlin Drive, Phalarope Way, Rivermead, Bittern Avenue, Apollo Way, The Avenue, Ringlet Road and The Pinnacles.       

Highway Adoption works - Footway works 

Also commencing Monday 24th July between the hours of 08.00 - 17.00 Volker Highways Ltd will be undertaking repairs to the highway in the following areas:  Apollo ...[read more]

River Medway - Possible Pollution of River Medway

Chatham Maritime Trust has received reports of possible contamination in the River Medway.  Dead fish and rabbits have been found over the last few days and a dog has died of kidney failure so please do not allow your pets to go near the water.  This has been reported to the Environment Agency who will be undertaking water testing; as soon as the results are known these will be published.    

St. Mary's Island Residents Association (SMIRA) Facebook Page

SMIRA now has a Facebook Page which will act as a source of news; it will not be a social platform like the residents Facebook page.  It you want to be kept informed then sign up.  


Closure of Riverside Walk & Play Areas on St. Mary's Island

Weather permitting, the Riverside Walk will be closed for resurfacing works from next Monday to Thursday inclusive.  

In preparation for the school summer holidays, the three play areas on St. Mary's Island - Shark Park, Starfish and Tadpoles will be closed for the next two weeks for general maintenance which includes cleaning of the impact matting.  

Medway Council Highway Adoption Works - The Fishing Village, St. Mary's Island

Correspondence has been sent from Volker Highways Ltd on behalf of Medway Council to residents in The Fishing Village - notably Bittern Way, Dunlin Drive, Phalarope Way and Rivermead about forthcoming works.  The letter reads as follows:  

"This letter is to inform you that Volker Highways Ltd on behalf of Medway Council, via the current adoption of roads paid for by the Developer, intend to undertake repairs to the highway in your local area that may affect users of the highway, including yourself.  

We will be undertaking these works between the hours of 08.00 - 17.00 from Thursday 22nd June 2017 with an estimated duration of up to 30 days.  Please refer to on-street notice boards for specific dates.  Footway access will not be interrupted.   

Should you require any advice on the day of works, please ask one of our operatives to refer you to the on-site Supervisor - Simon Hawks who can be contacted on 07824 864368.  The address for ...[read more]

Conference at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham 30th June to 2nd July 2017

Conference commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid  

With the civic commemorative events now in full swing, here is a reminder about the conference being hosted by the University of Kent and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust in the Royal Dockyard Church in three weeks’ time.  

The conference will begin at 6pm on Friday 30 June with an open, illustrated lecture by Jeroen Van Der Vliet, Curator of Maritime Collections at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, exploring the impact of the Battle of Medway in art and culture. At the Rijksmuseum, Jeroen is responsible for many of the objects in the museum’s collections related to the Dutch Raid, including the stern carving from the Royal Charles which remains a highlight of the museum. The Friday evening lecture will be followed by a reception in the Royal Dockyard Church.

Anyone wishing to attend just the Friday evening lecture and reception, please proceed through the registration process via the lin ...[read more]

Dutch Raid Commemorative Event - Medway in Flames - Saturday 17th June 2017

The event organisers, Medway Council, will be closing the Riverside Walk from the Central Lookout to the Blue Crane for health and safety reasons on the evening of Saturday 17th June.  People wishing to see the fireworks should make their way to the Dockside Outlet Centre and follow the signs to the viewing areas from there.  

The Boardwalk will also be closed during this event, again for health and safety reasons due to the large number of visitors expected to the area.   

Drainage connection works by Countryside Maritime Limited

As part of the development of Sector 11 on St. Mary's Island, Countryside  Maritime Ltd is undertaking drainage connection works in the area of Samphire Way and the first part of Redshank Road near the junction with Samphire Way.  

These works are necessary in order to adjoin the new drainage currently being laid on site at Sector 11 to the existing, which runs along Samphire Way.  The works required will be split into 2 phases:  

  • Connection 1 - outside 13 Samphire Way.  These works will be undertaken first, and will commence on the 12th June.  
  • Connection 2 - outside 21 Samphire Way.   These works will commence on completion of works at connection 1.  

Due to the depths of the connections involved (3 metres) the works will entail road closures and diversions in the above-mentioned areas.  Traffic management plans (see below) will be put in place during the works for both connections.   Countryside anticipate that each closure ...[read more]

2017 Medway In Flames Event

Information for residents of St Mary’s Island – Medway in Flames

Event date: Saturday, 17 June

Event time: 2pm – midnight

Main Medway in Flames river show running time: approx. 9.45 pm – 10.45pm.


All signage entering Medway will direct traffic to the main park and ride area on the Great Lines Heritage Park. There will be no signage directing people to the event itself, with the intention of keep the area surrounding Chatham Maritime and St Mary’s Island as traffic free as possible. The parking area around Dockside Outlet Centre will remain open including the multi-storey car park, and after 4pm the universities’ car parks will become available for public use.

In addition, signage will be placed on Maritime Way, Chatham, stating ‘access and parking for residents on ...[read more]

Dutch Raid Events Information Drop-in Session - Friday 2nd June 6pm to 9 pm

In order to provide residents in the vicinity - St. Mary's Island residents, Dock Head Road residents and Dockside Outlet users/business with information regarding traffic management, parking, access and safety/security measures there will be a drop-in session at St. Mary's Island Community Centre on Friday 2nd June from 6 pm to 9 pm.  This event is being organised by Medway Council and members of their Events Team will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns that residents may have.  There will be maps, displays etc. and opportunity to talk with event planning staff.    


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