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Free swimming and Dickens festival scrapped as Medway Council’s budget gets approval

01 March 2024
Free swimming and Dickens festival scrapped as Medway Council’s budget gets approval

Plans to cut free swimming and two festivals have been approved along with Medway Council’s budget.

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Council facing ‘concerning’ £22m building maintenance bill

29 February 2024
Council facing ‘concerning’ £22m building maintenance bill

A council has blamed its mounting maintenance bills on the previous administration who it says “didn’t fix the roof while the sun was shining”.

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Council gets government bailout to avoid bankruptcy

29 February 2024
Council gets government bailout to avoid bankruptcy

A cash-strapped local authority has been granted its request for “exceptional financial support” in order to balance the books and avoid bankruptcy.

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Deputy leader of Medway Tories resigns

29 February 2024
Deputy leader of Medway Tories resigns

The deputy leader of the Medway Conservatives has left the party over a disagreement with colleagues.

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Two councillors suspended after ‘Christmas party fight’

27 February 2024
Two councillors suspended after ‘Christmas party fight’

Two councillors have been suspended after reports of a fight at a Christmas party.

‘We need you to help us come up with plan for peninsula’

27 February 2024
‘We need you to help us come up with plan for peninsula’

Fifty residents are being sought to join a panel to consider what infrastructure their area needs.

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Former golf course park plan agreed

22 February 2024
Former golf course park plan agreed

Plans for a former golf course to become a community parkland with walking and cycling routes and picnic benches have been unanimously agreed.

Villagers vote to oppose homes near zoo

22 February 2024
Villagers vote to oppose homes near zoo

A meeting attended by 100 villagers ended with a vote to oppose plans for 44 homes by a zoo after concerns about flooding, traffic and school places.

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‘Stopping free child swimming is hurting the poorest’

22 February 2024
‘Stopping free child swimming is hurting the poorest’

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans to scrap free swimming sessions for children and over-60s.

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‘Cramming in flats with no parking won’t solve the housing crisis’

19 February 2024
‘Cramming in flats with no parking won’t solve the housing crisis’

Plans to allow up to 18 flats to be built in a former office block has been approved despite concerns related to overcrowding and parking.

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‘Car-free’ flats and gym plan for former snooker hall approved

16 February 2024
‘Car-free’ flats and gym plan for former snooker hall approved

A derelict former snooker hall and sports bar is set to be turned into car-free block of flats and a gym after plans were unanimously approved.

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Bungalow plot plan for green space

16 February 2024
Bungalow plot plan for green space

An application for more housing has been submitted on a plot of land where plans for retirement homes were once green-lit but failed to materialise.

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‘This could make the difference’: Co-working space to fill mall void

15 February 2024
‘This could make the difference’: Co-working space to fill mall void

A co-working space aimed at start-ups and growing businesses has been given the green light to open inside a shopping centre.

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‘Our fears over three-month road chaos have been sidelined’

14 February 2024
‘Our fears over three-month road chaos have been sidelined’

Concerns have been voiced over an upcoming road closure after a council’s suggestions for shorter works along the route were denied by the government.

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‘Build it and they will come philosophy set it up for failure’

14 February 2024
‘Build it and they will come philosophy set it up for failure’

A multi-million-pound project to create a flagship business park that would attract the likes of Netflix has been “paused” for a major rethink.

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Taxi ‘flag’ fare to rise to ease cabbies’ cost of living pressures

13 February 2024
Taxi ‘flag’ fare to rise to ease cabbies’ cost of living pressures

Taxis in one part of the county may see their flag rate - the starting price of a cab - rise by a £1 in order to help drivers stay afloat.

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Decision time for golf course parkland plan

10 February 2024
Decision time for golf course parkland plan

Plans for a former golf course to become a community parkland with access for walkers and cyclists have been recommended for approval.

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Flats plan for former snooker hall amounts to ‘town cramming’

10 February 2024
Flats plan for former snooker hall amounts to ‘town cramming’

Proposals to convert what was once a cinema and more recently a snooker and pool hall have been recommended for approval despite objections.

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Summer Dickens and English festival facing axe

09 February 2024
Summer Dickens and English festival facing axe

Two annual events that attract thousands of visitors face being scrapped as a local authority seeks to save millions and balance its books.

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Council has £225m in debt on its books

08 February 2024
Council has £225m in debt on its books

New figures have revealed the local authority which has amassed the largest amount of debt outside of the county council.

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