News from Chatham Maritime Trust : Notices

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The Maritime Messenger (Spring 2017) Edition

The Spring 2017 edition of the Trust's newsletter - the Maritime Messenger - is currently being distributed to all residents on St. Mary's Island.  To view online click here.  

Environmental Issues - Flies

Over the last few years the Environment Agency has conducted fly surveys monitoring their population in a selection of properties on the Island. 

The surveys conducted over 2014 to 2016 revealed occasions where there have been issues with fly populations but in 2015 there was in fact an overall decrease in occurrences of fly populations.  DEFRA's guidance states that more than 50 flies caught in a 7 day period would indicate a significant problem. 

Whilst the monitoring over 3 years has not resulted in conclusive evidence that suggests that a statutory nuisance is being experienced, the Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and encourages residents  to contact them directly (please do not contact Chatham Maritime Trust nor SMIRA) should they experience significant issues with flies at their property.  Their incident hotline team is manned 24/7 and incidents should be reported on:  0800 807060.  


Expansion of St. Mary's Island Primary School

Medway Council has issued the following Notice:  

"Notice is hereby given in accordance with The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013, as conferred by sections 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 181 and 183 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006(a) and sections 29 and 537 of the Education Act 1996 (b), that Medway Council proposes to make prescribed alterations to St. Mary's Island Primary School, Island Way West, St. Mary's Island, Chatham, Kent ME4 3ST, to take effect from 1 September 2018.  

The prescribed alterations are: 

'Enlargement of the premises' and 'Extension of the lower age range'

The proposals will result in the addition of up to 210 places at St. Mary's Island Primary School to meet expected demand. 

Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from:  Thomas Cogley Consultation and Intelligence Officer, Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR or you ...[read more]

St. Mary's Island Residents' Association Meeting - Tuesday 4th April 2017 @ 7 p

The next meeting of St. Mary's Island Residents' Association is due to take place on Tuesday 4th April at 7 pm at St. Mary's Island Community Centre. 

Prior to this, there will be a Residents' Surgery session from 6 pm to 6.45 pm.  There will be a Ward Councillor present and representatives from Chatham Maritime Trust, Moat Housing and SMIRA to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have.  From 5 pm to 7 pm PCSO Helen Kristic will be available to meet with residents in the Community Centre office to raise any confidential matters. 

SMIRA's next meeting date is Tuesday 16th May.    

Alterations to mini roundabout on Island Way East (opposite Fishing Village)

F M Conway will be making alterations to the mini roundabout (adjusting carriageway curb lines for buses) located on Island Way East opposite The Fishing Village.  The work is due to start Thursday 22nd March and should take three days.  Traffic management will be in situ. 


Medway Council Local Plan Consultation extended to 10th April 2017

Medway Council has extended the consultation period for the Local Plan to 2035 to 5 pm on Monday 10th April 2017.     

For information and to have your say click here. 

The Council has organised events and exhibitions enabling people to speak to a planning officer about the consultation and options.  There is a meeting this evening, Wednesday 1st March, at St. Mary's Island Community Centre from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm



2017-18 St. Mary's Island Annual Rentcharge Invoices

The annual 2017-18 rentcharge invoices have been issued and are due for payment on 1st April 2017 and should be settled within 21 days.  Full details on how the rentcharge is calculated, budget information and how to pay are on the website - go to Live/Rentcharge section.  

When making a payment, please quote your chargepayer reference as detailed on the invoice.  Thank You.  

New contact at Moat Housing

Moat Housing has a new Housing Officer.  His contact details are : 

Peter Whatmore    Tel:  0845 359 6235     Email:

If you are a Moat tenant loving on St. Mary's Island any queries or questions should be sent to Peter as previous contacts are now working in other areas. 





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Medway Council - Planning Process

David Taylor, Chairman of SMIRA, and Medway Council have produced a shortened guidance note so that residents find it easier to understand Medway Council's planning application process when wishing to make alterations to their property.     

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