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NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group held its first governing body meeting in public this week, and emphasised that its agenda is all about quality and improving outcomes for people.

The clinically led organisation is responsible for deciding how and where an annual budget of £315million is spent on hospital, community and mental health services for the 283,000 people in the Medway area. More

There will be a Gravesham Borough Council by-election in Painters Ash ward following the resignation of Cllr Colin Dennis due to ill health.

Cllr Dennis took the seat at elections in May 2011 when Labour won all three seats back from the Conservatives.

He is 68 and lives in Gainsborough Drive, Northfleet. Prior to becoming an elected member for Gravesham Borough Council, Cllr Dennis worked for Scott’s in Northfleet and is known by his friends as ‘Kermit’.

Cllr Dennis has one of the best meeting attendance records despite being ill for some time. He was a member of six main committees and a substitute member on two more.

Council leader Cllr John Burden said: “Colin will be missed especially by his constituents because he was an assiduous ward member and tireless worker in the community.”

The by-election will probably be set for 2 May to coincide with the Kent County Council elections.

A Chatham man has been fined £1,000 for failing to supply the correct paperwork for transporting waste.

In July this year, Kent Police and Medway Council Environmental Enforcement Team, working on a joint operation, stopped Terry Arnold, 22, of White Road, Chatham.
Arnold was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failure to produce authority for transporting waste.

The FPN remained unpaid, so in August an invitation was sent to Arnold to arrange a meeting with an enforcement officer.

There was still no contact or payment from Arnold, so the case went to Medway Magistrates Court, and was heard on Tuesday, 20 November. Arnold did not appear in court but the case was heard in his absence. Arnold was issued with a £1,000 fine, full costs of £409.90 and £15 victim surcharge. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Cllr Mike O’ Brien said: “Unlicensed waste carriers are a higher risk for the illegal storage, transport and disposal of waste or flytipping than licensed carriers. Often little or no evidence leaves council taxpayers picking up the cost of clearing up the fly tipping. The total cost to clear and dispose of such waste was £2.7 million for the 2009-2010 tax year.

“Carrying the correct documentation allows authorities to monitor the accountability of the waste and who is responsible for the production and disposal of waste.
“Mr Arnold was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice which gave him the opportunity to discharge liability for the offence, but after no payment was received, we had no choice but to take this matter to the magistrates court.”

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