St Mary's Island

Living in Chatham Maritime - St Mary's Island

St Mary’s Island is the exciting new residential community at Chatham Maritime

St Mary’s Island was originally a series of marshy inlets, but was enclosed and made up during the great expansion of the dockyard in the late 19th century. This expansion involved the building of the three huge dock basins which separate St Mary’s Island from the “mainland” and the South Maritime Estate.

St Mary’s Island is a primarily residential area, which will eventually contain towards two thousand homes. The homes are mostly being built by Countryside Properties, with smaller sectors by Redrow and Barratts.

The Island also contains the St Mary’s Island Primary School, the Community Centre, a church and the surgery. The Island Pharmacy opening hours are 8.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.  It closes for lunch between 1 pm and 2 pm every day and is not open at weekends or Bank Holidays.    

The Island’s unique character is emphasised by the fact that it can only be reached by means of the bridge which spans the dock basins.

St. Mary's Island Primary School

St Mary’s Island Primary School can be found by turning left at The Stones roundabout as you drive on to the Island, and then right at the roundabout just beyond the Community Centre.

The school was built in 1999 as part of the Island’s development and due to its popularity has opened a second form entry.

The School is a Church of England Aided School, and administered jointly by the Diocese of Rochester and the Education Authority.  Ofsted's latest report has rated the school as 'good'.  Teaching was described  as consistently good and in some cases outstanding; inspectors said the headteacher, Christine Easton, was 'inspirational' and there was an atmosphere to promote good learning and respect.    
Enquiries about the School should be directed to:

St Mary's Island Church of England Primary School,
Island Way West,
St Mary's Island,
Chatham Maritime,
Kent ME4 33T,
Tel 01634 891050

 St Mary's Island Final Phase (Parklands Azure )

Azure (Blackcap Mews, Cade Close, Firecrest Close, Gladwall Mews, Whinchat Way, Westerly Way and part of The Causeway) is the newest addition to the growing riverside community comprising of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties.  The new sector will include a neighbourhood play area and a multi-use games area.  The development has three distinct phases:  Parklands / Water's Edge and The Docks.  

The rent charge for the final phase was increased in 2016 by £20 per bedroom to allow for the increase in costs of expenditure for the maintenance of items on the final phase.  The current rentcharge was set originally in 1997 and has only ever increased by RPI.  In order for us to ensure that CMT is able to maintain SMI to the standard that the residents expect and to reflect this part of the development that has dock basins, river views, attenuation ponds and additional play areas the Trustees made a decision to increase the rent charge in this phase.  CMT are a charity and need to ensure that the maintenance required on SMI is undertaken to high standards, but also need to ensure the financial sustainability of the Trust.

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