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Katie May Nelson, local democracy reporter

Katie May Nelson began working at the Medway Messenger in 2019 as a trainee reporter. In 2020, she joined the BBC's Local Democracy Reporting Service, covering Medway Council.

Leader to step down after 24 years on council

26 May 2022
Leader to step down after 24 years on council

A long-serving councillor is to retire after more than two decades in the job.

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Former nightclub plot could become homes

25 May 2022
Former nightclub plot could become homes

A former clubbing hotspot could be redeveloped into new apartments under proposals submitted to a council for review.

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Company says research shows support for docks closure

25 May 2022
Company says research shows support for docks closure

A business behind multi-million pound plans to redevelop an industrial docks says the proposals have been welcomed, but not everyone agrees.

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Damage to dock gates costing firms ‘millions’

25 May 2022
Damage to dock gates costing firms ‘millions’

Businesses are losing millions of pounds in revenue after a ship damaged a port's entrance, it has emerged.

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Japanese knotweed threatening thousands of unbuilt homes

19 May 2022
Japanese knotweed threatening thousands of unbuilt homes

Sightings of the invasive plant,close to a proposed major development site, have raised questions about plans for new homes.

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Vulnerable child missing for three-and-a-half years

18 May 2022
Vulnerable child missing for three-and-a-half years

There have been 8,147 recorded incidents where children who are under the authority's care have gone missing since 2018.

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Council members to stand down

16 May 2022
Council members to stand down

Four Labour group councillors have announced they will not be seeking re-election.

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Local authority slammed by neighbouring council boss

11 May 2022
Local authority slammed by neighbouring council boss

A top councillor has accused a neighbouring council of "laughing off" concerns over plans to build 2,000 homes.

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'Cobble-proof' electric scooters to launch in Kent

11 May 2022
'Cobble-proof' electric scooters to launch in Kent

An upgraded e-scooter model with "self-healing" tyres is to be made available as part of a controversial rental scheme.

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Long-delayed car park plan set for private discussion

05 May 2022
Long-delayed car park plan set for private discussion

A long-delayed scheme to build on a prominent town centre car park is set to be discussed in private.

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Council refuses to take in more children

05 May 2022
Council refuses to take in more children

A council has refused to take in any more unaccompanied asylum seeking children and says it will pursue legal action against the government.

Missing children visited troubled strip club, report claims

03 May 2022
Missing children visited troubled strip club, report claims

Bouncers at a troubled strip club attacked revellers and missing children visited the venue, a police report claims.

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Appeal heard over tennis court homes plan

28 April 2022
Appeal heard over tennis court homes plan

A government planning inspector will rule on a long-running homes wrangle after hearing evidence from those concerned.

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Special status sought for community hub

28 April 2022
Special status sought for community hub

A campaign has started to get official recognition for a community hub.

New twist in long-running homes saga

26 April 2022
New twist in long-running homes saga

Controversial plans to build on former tennis courts will be considered by a planning inspector.

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Campaign to retain creative campus site

26 April 2022
Campaign to retain creative campus site

A plan has been revealed which might mean a campus is kept in community hands when a university quits a town next year.

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Covid vaccination hub boosted shopping centre's trade

25 April 2022
Covid vaccination hub boosted shopping centre's trade

It has been revealed that a shopping centre due to get a £10m medical hub saw its trade boosted by those going to have their Covid vaccines.

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Fossil fuel pension links questioned

25 April 2022
Fossil fuel pension links questioned

Calls for the council to stop investing in fossil fuels through its pension fund have been rejected.

New protest over school holiday pay

22 April 2022
New protest over school holiday pay

Union members have picketed a council meeting for a second time in a row over holiday pay.

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Towns miss out on government bus funding

21 April 2022
Towns miss out on government bus funding

Hopes of getting a share of £3bn to boost bus services have been dashed.

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