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Rainham North is Conservative again

News posted on Sunday, 10 May 2015

In case you hadn't read the result of the election yet, Cllr David Carr and Martin Potter - now Cllr Martin Potter- won the vote in Rainham North and will be your councillors for the next 4 years. Both Martin and I want to thank all those of you who lent a hand and took part in the long process towards the election by delivering leaflets, knocking on doors, telling and acting as a counting agent and putting up with us when we seemed tetchy and irritable. Again - thank you everyone.

Visit to Rainham Brownies and Guides

News posted on Sunday, 15 March 2015

Visit to Rainham Brownies and Guides Cllr David Carr and Martin Potter had the pleasure of visiting Rainham Girl Guides to present a cheque for the purchase of a new sound system from David's ward funds. It was great to see the work that Unit Leader Paula Sharp and her team were doing with the girls and would like to thank all involved for their contribution to our community.

4th Gilligham Scouts Navy Inspection

News posted on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Had a great time with the 4th Gillingham Sea Scouts last night at St Georges Hall in Berengrave Lane, Rainham, for their Royal Navy Admiralty Inspection by Lt Cdr David Gray. I was able to use the moment to present the group with some of my ward funds to go towards a much needed new canoe. The success of this inspection will ensure that the group retains its status as the No1 Navy-recognised Sea Scout Group in the country.

New Trees on A2 in Rainham

News posted on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Residents in Rainham North ward may have noticed 7 new trees planted on the A2 alongside Birling Ave. They are Pine Oaks otherwise known as Quercus palustris. They are going to look marvellous in the summer.

Otterham Quay Lane Rail footbridge

News posted on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Structural Repair–Over Rail Footbridge Otterham Quay Lane, Rainham

Medway Council will shortly be carrying out essential repair works to the over rail footbridge at Otterham Quay Lane. These repairs will ensure the footbridge is serviceable for the future and is safe for both pedestrians and train users. Read more...

Ahmadiyya Holy Prophets Day

News posted on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday afternoon with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at the Nasir Mosque in Medway Road Gillingham to celebrate the Holy Prophet's Day. Many of you will have seen their world message of 'Love for all - Hatred of none' on the mosque as you pass by and on billboards across the towns when they last publicized their maxim. Great people - really good for the community at large.

Riverside Path Clearance

News posted on Sunday, 25 January 2015

Great morning with Simon, the ranger, and volunteers helping to clear the tracks through Riverside's Rainham Dock area of dead wood, clematis, and buddleia growth threatening to take over the walkways. Could really do with more help - there's so much to do.

Road Resurfacing in Rainham North

News posted on Sunday, 18 January 2015

Road Resurfacing – High Street junction with Holding Street

I am writing to inform you that Medway Council will shortly be carrying out a resurfacing scheme at the above location commencing on or after FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY 2015 FOR 1 NIGHT. We will make every effort to complete the work within the dates given, however dates may be subject to change if we experience poor weather conditions or other issues arise within the working area. Read more...

Riverside Play upgrades

News posted on Sunday, 30 November 2014

What a great day on Saturday for the opening of the new play area at Riverside Country Park in Rainham North. I'm just about to cut the ribbon to some really magnificent extra play equipments which were enjoyed by the children you see here. I'm with Cllr Howard Doe who's portfolio includes leasure and green spaces and who's cooperation in producing this play area improvement is very much appreciated.

Better bus service in Rainham

News posted on Friday, 7 November 2014

Following petitions from residents and much canvassing please note that from Saturday November 29 the changes to the bus services in Rainham on Saturdays is taking place. The 121 will be extended to Otterham Park, and will run the same route as Monday to Fridays. This will operate every 90 minutes. The 327 will now run up Station Road past The Angel pub approx every 2 hours.

Opening Cozenton Point

News posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

Last week, I had the pleasure of formally opening the New MHS development, Cozenton Point, on the site of the old Rainham Police Station at the junction of Berengrave Lane and Birling Avenue near the A2 in Rainham North. I'm shaking hands with Ashley Hook - the Chief Executive of MHS - on one of the flat's spacious balconies overlooking Birling Avenue, together with representatives of the contractor and designer. It was interesting to meet with several of the new owners who tell me how pleased they are with their new homes.

All hands in Rochester By Election

News posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

What a day! Canvassing in Rochester in the morning chasing support for the Conservative Party for the forthcoming By Election caused by Mark Reckless' defection to ukip. Followed by another four hours on the streets of Rainham North making house calls for the ward work I do for the party. Wonderful that I didn't come across a single ukip supporter or any labour exiles in Rainham North!

WW1 Cruiser disaster 22 Sept 1914

News posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

AT full council meeting last week I submitted the following Motion which was approved... This Council recognises the service and sacrifice of the crews of the Chatham based cruisers HMS Cressy, HMS Hogue and HMS Aboukir lost on 22 Sept 1914 with the loss of 1459 men and boys and the outstanding humanitarian efforts of Dutch seafarers and people in caring for the survivors and the remains of those who were lost. This Council also recognises and celebrates the continuing remembrance of their service and sacrifice by the hundreds of those affected by this tragedy, British and Dutch who attended the 'Live Bait Squadron Society' commemorations and Drum Head service at Chatham and at the Hague in the Netherlands between 21 and 24 Sept 2014. This Council believes that the most fitting way Her Majesty's Government could mark the centenary, which clearly still means so much to so many people, would be to designate the three wrecks under the Protection of Military Remains Act and the Council requests that the CEO for Medway Council writes to the Secretary of State for Defence asking that such a designation is made as swiftly as possible.

Remembrance Day Parking

News posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014

We will be commemorating Remembrance Day on the 9 Nov this year. Parking will be FREE at the Cricketers Car Park until 3pm

Supporting the Supporters!

News posted on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hear are some good people who volunteer to deliver my 'In Touch' leaflets to you every three months, having just put through your letterboxes the Summer edition of the 'In Touch'

I am always seeking new blood - for many hands make light work - for some of those pictured here deliver more than 400 leaflets in just a couple of days. Every now and then, we get together to share some drinks and nibbles so that I can say a BIG THANKYOU to everyone. There are some very nice people about and I am very pleased to know them all! Perhaps you'd like to join us - just once every three months? Call me on 07985 143541 or email me on david-j-carr@hotmail.co.uk Read more...

100th year anniversary in WW1

News posted on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Sunday witnessed the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of three royal navy ships.HMS ABOUKIR, HMS HOGUE and HMS CRESSY which were sunk by enemy submarine action on 22nd September 1914 off the Dutch coast in the North Sea with a total loss of life of 1,459 men. Of those who lost their lives 1,264 men were from the Chatham Port Division and their names are inscribed on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Others are recorded in Portsmouth, Devonport and private memorials. The first shot of the war was fired at the end of August and the first loss was of HMS Pathfinder on 5th September, but the loss of these three cruisers was one of the worst days for the Royal Navy so early in the war.

This event was the first major World War 1 100th anniversary commemorative event of national significance for the county and, appropriately for Chatham, the focus will be on the Royal Navy.I was delighted that our Principal Guest for the Drumhead Service was His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent KG. Read more...

Wilko's Scaffolding

News posted on Saturday, 6 September 2014

It must be Christmas! Wilko has had its scaffolding taken down at last. I have been campaigning to get it removed for months! Looks quite naked.

The Willows in Rainham North

News posted on Friday, 5 September 2014

Residents of The Willows in Rainham North will be pleased to know that their road is to be resurfaced on 12 September. Obviously the road will be closed to traffic during the works and I hope that it doesn't inconvenience too many people.

Community Day in Rainham

News posted on Wednesday, 3 September 2014

I hope most of you saw NHS and Medway Council at work in the shopping centre last Friday 29 August featuring simple health checks for blood presuure, cholesterol levels and many other things. Our Community and Safety wardens were also giving out purse safety chains, magic markers for security marking of your belongings and various literature to help understanding the safety issues in Rainham.

Riverside Country Park Play improvements

News posted on Thursday, 28 August 2014

We have been talking about improving Riverside play area for some time. You will be pleased to know that work starts on the 8 Sept and will go on for a few weeks until the 24 Oct. During this time, the Play Area will be closed to the public. I'm sure that we will all be delighted with the results.

A Day for Every Dog

News posted on Saturday, 23 August 2014

Today - Saturday 23 August - saw Rainham North Ward's turn for 'A Day for Every Dog' event put on by Medway Council. At Riverside Country Park with blue sky and only the slightest threat of rain, around 200 dogs and their owners turned up for a free fun dog show and to receive advice about dog barking complaints, dog control orders and how they affect dog owners. Also available was free dog microchipping, health checks and agility training. A really great day! I'm in the photo having just judged the 'Best In Show' event. One of the Council Officers is holding my daughters Jack Russell who came into the picture just to be nosey!

Rainham Rail Station Improivements

News posted on Monday, 18 August 2014

Much water has gone under the bridge over the last few months. Residents were, quite rightly, worried about the effects that Network Rail’s improvements would have on them. These worries were answered immediately with my advice that value of their houses was likely to go up as a result of the station’s improvements and that any damage to property would only be accidental and that Network Rail had promised to make good (and even better!) such damage without question. Residents concerns led to my demand for a public meeting and for Network Rail to notify all interested parties directly. Public meetings have been held on 29 March, 10 May and lastly, the 5 July at which around 100 interested residents attended to learn about the station modifications. Those of you who attended will recall that besides me, Network Rail and their contractors, I had also brought along Medway Council’s chief Planning Manager and Parking Manager to clarify any issues that residents had. The upshot of the meetings has been that Network Rail will repair any incidental damage, that existing parking is adequate and that there was a general consensus that improvements in rail facilities will, indeed, improve house prices in the area.

Cozzie Summer Jam Day

News posted on Sunday, 17 August 2014

Yesterday (Saturday 16 Aug) saw the Cozzie Jam Day in Cozzington Park organised by Concordia - an international voluntary youth organisation - in partnership with Medway Council youth team headed up by Jacquue Hackwell. I'm standing here with Emma from Concordia who has been responsible fro bringing in teams of participants from all over Europe - in particular from France, Germany and the Czech Republic. The day featured competitions in Scooter, Skateboard and Trials bike for all ages. Some pretty amazing and sometimes, frighteningly expert, performances by our local people against the European participants.

Pot holes

News posted on Thursday, 7 August 2014

I recently threw out a challenge in my 'In Touch' leaflet for anyone in my ward to find me a pot hole that I hadn't already filled! Within a day I received a response from Mr H in Wakely Road about a hole in his road on the 2 Aug. I reported it for repair on the 3 Aug and it was done on the 5 Aug!. Now that's what I call service. Well done Medway Council.

Bakersfield planning application

News posted on Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Planning Committee heard the application from Anna Bloomfield tonight which was refused unanimously by all members of the committee. Our piece of natural green amenity land has another lease of life - just as it has had 15 times over the past 40 years with various applications. This area is one of the most hotly contested in Kent - indeed the whole of the South East. I am committed to keeping this land free of developers plans and to maintaining the breathing space between the urban areas and the river and marshland to the north. Another victory for common sense and the people of Rainham North.

Mackland's PACT Summer Fete

News posted on Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Another hugely successful day at Mackland's PACt Summer Fete. I'm with Trevor Lloyd - the Chairmen - and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Ray Maisey and his wife Mrs Buffy Maisey. This was really a day for the children - where face painting, fancy dress and many side shows to entertain them were on the go all day. They all received a bag of sweets and a certificate to mark the event. I believe the PACT raised around £150 for charity...a really worthwhile event and very well done too.

Cozenton Skateboard Park Fun Day 16 August

News posted on Monday, 14 July 2014

The Council's Youth Development group will be organising a Health and Safety Fun Day at Cozenton Skateboard Park to build community awareness into these issues and give our children some fun in the process. It would be a great idea to bring your youngsters along to enjoy the day and also learn something at the same time.

A Day for Every Dog 23 August

News posted on Sunday, 13 July 2014

On the 23 August Medway Council will be running their 4th annual award winning responsible dog ownership event 'A Day for Every Dog' on 23 August at Riverside Country Park which will include:- •Free microchipping provided by Environmental Protection •Free agility training •Free advice on dog law and how it affects dog owners •Free education corner for children on the safe interaction with dogs •Free pets checks provided by the PDSA •Free tag engraving provided by Battersea Dogs Home

There will also be free Fun Dog Show. Time to get the dog shampoo out and give the family favourite some tlc grooming! Read more...

Parkfiel Road pavement work

News posted on Monday, 30 June 2014

Residents in Parkway Road will be pleased to note that the pavements from Childscroft Road to Streetfield Road will be reconstructed from 20 July. The work will take approximately 20 days and only during normal working hours. This is another long standing project I have been seeking, where perseverance finally comes through.

Ellison Way to Station Road junction

News posted on Friday, 27 June 2014

Just as we've have all been getting used to the patchwork quilt of road surfaces at the junction of Ellison Way and Station Road, the Council Road team is coming shortly to completely resurface it. I expect the brand new surface may encourage some drivers to drive more quickly around the bend?....Lets hope not.

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Pump Lane is resurfaced

News posted on Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What a pleasure it is to drive up and down Pump lane now that we have resurfaced the entire road up to the bridge! No more potholes, no more stray chippings and stones to mark our cars. Rainham North has some of the best roads in Medway thanks to the leverage I constantly exert and thanks to the allocation of additional monies to fix our roads across the towns.

Dickens Festival weekend

News posted on Saturday, 31 May 2014

What a glorious day for the Dickens Festival in Rochester. The Grand Parade starts at 12 noon supported by more than a 100 costumed characters including members of the Rochester Pickwick Club as they parade from the bottom of Star Hill all the way along to the Castle Gardens. There are many events planned for the day, many street market traders, charity organisations like 'Rotary' on the schene and many performers acting out various Dickensian stories along the way. Do come if you can - it will be a great day for all the family - and ITS FREE!

Our Web Site is here again!

News posted on Friday, 30 May 2014

Our website crashed over the last week and we lost all of our news items to the ether for ever it seems - never mind, the world moves on and news keeps coming in and so we'll just carry on where we left off.

Rainham Station Improvements

News posted on Friday, 30 May 2014