NEWS FROM MEDWAY LABOUR
Medway Labour Group Site Visit to New St John Fisher School Site – Representing our Residents
Medway Labour and Co-Operative councillors visited the new site for St John Fisher school to make sure the residents we represent are being treated properly and that inconvenience to them is minimised. The entrance to the new site has almost been completed, and our Councillors Vince Maple and Teresa Murray received a guided tour, with councillor Nick Bowles receiving a virtual tour later.
Working with our councillors, the site management have promised good communication with residents through quarterly newsletters and online meetings, as well as monthly visits on site offered to councillors and a six monthly public meeting so residents can give their views too.
Councillor Teresa Murray, Councillor for Rochester East said:
“Construction of the new school entrance has been tough for my constituents who live on City Way and lost parking space outside their homes while residents on Onlsow Road have had to cope with the top of the road being closed. Once the site manager was appointed Wates (the contractor) have been helpful distributing a residents’ newsletter to keep people informed and sticking to the 8 week deadline for the new entrance and works to road and pavements to be completed. I was pleased to hear about environmental protection measures at the site and a planned public online meeting on 22nd September”
Councillor Vince Maple, Leader of Medway Labour and Co-Operative Group and Chatham Central Councillor said:
“We are pleased with the level of communication and care that the contractors have taken so far in this substantial project. While we all appreciate the need for this new school, we must always be sensitive to the needs of the local community, making sure they can continue their lives with minimal disruption. We will continue to work with the contractor and for our residents.I am looking forward to working with council officers later in the project to secure safe routes walks for school staff and pupils”
Councillor Nick Bowler, Labour Spokesperson for Planning and Councillor for Rochester East said:
“We are pleased to be working with the contractors and having regular meetings with them. We will work with residents and the council to establish appropriate parking restrictions before the school opens.”