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A recent report, commissioned by the National Housing Federation, revealed that the gap between supply and demand in housing is widening. Nationally, England needs to build 240,000 homes a year just to meet the demand[1] yet house building decreased by 11% between 2009 and 2013[2]. In Medway, the demand for affordable homes is clear: rental prices are expected to rise by 38% by 2020[3].

mhs homes is on target to build more affordable homes across Medway in 2014 with developments at Amherst Hill, Brompton and the sites previously used as Rainham and Rochester police stations. The properties will be available for shared ownership and affordable rent. More homes are planned for Kent and Medway in 2015 and beyond.

Emma Riddington, Head of Development at mhs homes, says:

“At mhs homes, we recognise the need to support the local community and are developing properties to suit all individual circumstances. We are increasing our portfolio of both affordable and market rent properties and have started work on sites outside of Medway. In 2012/13 we built 140 new homes, and are on target to build another 260 new homes by the end of March 2015.”

[1] National Housing Federation, “Supply and demand/affordability”
[2] ibid
[3] National Housing Federation, statistics for Medway.

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A number of road closures are scheduled for September to allow for essential repair works to be carried out. Read More

A new exhibition opened at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre on Thursday, 6 June.

Gillingham and beyond is a free exhibition looking a Gillingham High Street, Brompton, Gads Hill and Rainham in the 1960s. The photographs are taken from the Gillingham Borough Engineers Department, many of the areas shown were demolished during the 1960s. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the shops in Gillingham 1960s style.

Exhibition open during normal opening hours and runs from 6 June to 6 August 2013 at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Clock Tower Building, Strood. For more details visit: http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisureandculture/libraries/archivesandlocalstudies/planningyourvisittomalsc.aspx

A new service providing care for older people with dementia will be introduced later this year at Platters Farm Lodge in Rainham as part of an exciting new joint project between Strode Park Foundation and Medway Council. More

The Billabong Club has a year of entertainment lined up for us, if you need to know more go to their website where all will be revealed!

Patrick Monahan, the winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny and star of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief comes to Medway for the first time since appearing on these TV shows. Patrick was voted Best Newcomer at Loaded’s 2012 Lafta Awards.

He is bringing his new tour “Shooting From The Lip” to The Billabong Comedy Club, The Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester ME1 1XB on Thursday 28th February 2013. The venue has a licensed bar open till late.

Patrick has appeared all over the world and is an experienced warm up for TV shows including Jonathan Ross and Paul O’Grady amongst others. He has compered “Late and Live” at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years as well as doing his own shows.

Monahan’s humour relies heavily on audience interaction and an animated story-telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside to Irish and Iranian parents. He has been described as “Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen” as well as “Twinkle – Toed, Mischievous …….. Raised the Roof”. Come along and get a free hug as well as enjoying his cheeky chappie style of humour.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the comedy starting at 8pm.

Another local business has opened up in Medway, and for cobbler Arnaud Gois, it’s the start of a dream come true. The 38 year old has accomplished a 10-year dream and set up his own cobblers based in Station Road, Rainham, with a little help from a Medway Council start up grant. Cobbler Elf was officially opened for business at the end of September by owner Arnaud, who has spent the last 15 years working for shoe repair company, Timpson. More

Medway’s town centres will light up for the festive season next month, with switch on events happening at the following locations; More

Things get spooky, sparkly, and wacky this Autumn at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as visitors explore the eerie and infamous through a range of exciting family activities and a new temporary exhibition. More

A few roadworks that may require signalling or diversions, if you can use an alternative route, that would ease the situation in these roads.

Ash Tree Lane, Chatham – Junction with Capstone Road.
Carriageway works will require two-way signals at off peak hours.
Works to begin Wednesday, 29 August for one day.

London Road, Rainham – From Caldew Avenue to Bowater’s Roundabout.
Road resurfacing. Will result in road closure with signed diversions.
Works begin Friday, 7 September through to Wednesday, 12 September.

City Way, Rochester – Old Pattens Lane to Howard Avenue junction.
Utility works for water main replacements.
Two-Way signals Manually operated at peak times.
Works to commence Monday, 3 September through to Friday, 7 December.

Pilgrims Road, Upper Halling – Rochester Road junction to outside 63. Utility works, will require road closure with signed diversion.
Works to be carried out Monday, 3 September through to Friday, 30 November

How to use leftovers, meal planning and food on a budget are just some of the top tips that visitors to a food safety roadshow can learn about.
Medway Council’s Food and Safety Team will be visiting six locations around Medway during National Food Safety week – 11 to 15 June. More

It’s not long now until the nation will be hanging out the red, white and blue to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and children and families will be able to step back in time with some fifties themed celebrations. More

More adult education classes in community settings will be offered to Medway learners from September. More

Allotments through the ages, from the early days on an Edwardian plot to the re-birth of allotments 10 years ago is the subject of a talk at Rainham Library.

The illustrated talk by Chris Cornish-Lawrence will examine the history of the allotment movement with particular emphasis on Rainham and Gillingham.

The talk will focus on the history of allotments and the people who worked on them since they arrived in the Medway area in the 19th century.

The talk will include maps of the sites, a few photos and other visual memorabilia.

Allotments in Medway: Rainham and Gillingham, Wednesday, 18 April at 2.30pm at Rainham Library.
This is a free event but booking is essential on 01634 332714.

There is less than a month left for people to express their views on the Adult Social Care services Medway Council provides for residents. More

Get that Friday feeling and welcome in the weekend this August by heading to Rainham Shopping Centre for some themed events for all the family. Read the rest of this entry »

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