news Strood regeneration launched
Work has begun to transform Strood town centre after Medway Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) won £9 million from the government’s Local Growth Fund for crucial improvement works. The first phase of development will improve the market site and car park at Commercial Road, realigning the pedestrian route through the car park with Tolgate Lane and installing new seating and lighting. Further phases will alter the road layout in the town centre to reduce congestion and improve journey times, and include improvements to pedestrian routes, landscaping and lighting. Medway Council’s portfolio holder for strategic regeneration, Rodney Chambers, said: “I am pleased that work is under way. Strood is one of Medway’s key regeneration sites and the improvement works aim to make the area a place where residents are proud to live and work.” The project forms part of a wider investment programme across Medway, with £40.2 million from both the Local Growth Fund and SELEP allocated to the delivery of infrastructure schemes to 2020/21. Read more about Strood on pages 31-34.
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Medical school for Medway Plans to build Kent’s first medical school in Medway have been praised as an ‘essential boost’ for improving healthcare for residents. The bid for Medway and Kent Medical School was submitted by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent in November 2017, with the announcement made by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England in March. The school will bring together health and medical education from the two institutions and local healthcare
organisations to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education to help combat the UK’s shortage of GPs. David Brake, portfolio holder for public health at Medway Council, said: “The development will benefit our local health care system as more doctors will be trained and work in local GP practices. “I am also pleased with the government’s plans to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds study at the new medical school. This will increase access to these courses for local people at the new medical school.”
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