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speed article Consultation ends next week on proposals to reduce the speed limit for drivers on the Hoo Peninsula.

A number of parish councils have been asked for their views on new speed limits proposed for the area. And they have until Monday, 3 February to have their say.

The idea is to reduce the current 60mph limit down to 40mph and also 30mph for some roads. The consultation follows a request by some residents to implement a 40mph speed limit on the Ratcliffe Highway and a 30mph limit for the hamlet of St. Mary Hoo and St. Mary’s Cottages.

This will provide consistency for drivers on the rural roads as well helping the local environment by cutting down on carbon emissions.

Backers of the campaign also hope reducing the speed limit will decrease road collisions and improve conditions for other users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, encourages the move. He said: “These changes could make a huge difference to the area, making the roads safer for residents and commuters as well as benefiting the rural location by decreasing pollution and noise.” “I welcome people to come forward with their comments.”

Parish councils, including Allhallows, Cliffe Woods, High Halstow, Hoo St Werburgh, St Mary Hoo and Stoke still have until next week to voice their opinions. If the plans are approved, new speed limit signs will be put up during March.

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If you live within the distribution area of the Peninsula Times printed version, you will doubtless be aware of Anim-Mates charity and the good work that they do. If you have some time to attend one or both of these events you would be providing tremendous help to them. Plus you get to eat CAKE at one of the events and everyone likes cake!

Just to illustrate the kind of people they are. We found a cat hiding under our car at home, clearly injured and clearly in distress. We tried in vain to contact other animal charities for help without success. We called Anim-Mates and hoped, someone answered, not only did they answer but they gave us the address of a vet that could help and even called ahead to say that we were coming and any charge should be referred to them. Unfortunately the poor little cat died as a result of her injuries within a day or so and although it was a short period of time Anim-Mates were there and available to help when bigger and better known charities were not. Please help them if you can by going along to have some fun at these events.

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Interested in a career in fitness? Medway Community Learning is holding an information day, where potential learners can meet the tutors, find out more about working in a gym and have a go at some exercise activities.

The information day is Wednesday, 17 July 10am to 2pm at Medway Park. Wear gym clothing and bring a water bottle. Places are limited so please call to book.

MCL is running gym instructing courses in August and September and a personal training course in September. To find out more about these courses or to book a place on this information day, phone 01634 338400.

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Animates are looking for a little help and getting fed in aid of charity sounds good to me.

Young people can learn the art of circus skills at a circus school, which starts later this month.

The Brook Circus School with Dizzy O’Dare Presents is aimed at eight to 16 year olds and runs for 10 weeks from Friday, 28 September to Friday, 7 December from 6.30pm to 8pm (no class during half term) at the Brook Theatre, Chatham.
Young people can learn skills from professional performers using equipment such as juggling balls, hula hoops, tightwire, unicycles and diabolo. More

Monday 27 August is the last bank holiday of this summer and NHS Kent and Medway is advising people on how to get healthcare if they need it.
No one wants to spend their precious free time waiting in Accident and Emergency – yet bank holidays every year see a surge of people attending A&E departments with minor illnesses and injuries. More

The Kent Association for the Blind provides services to many people who have lost their sight due to Glaucoma. This eye condition gives no warning symptoms but has very effective treatments and early diagnosis can prevent blindness. Glaucoma is one of the most common eyesight conditions and gradually creates a tunnel vision effect, slowly destroying off centre vision. More

Whether you’re a first time mum with a flurry of questions or a yummy mummy with a growing brood, All Saints Children’s Centre is offering an evening dedicated to the ins and outs of pregnancy.

Following the success of similar events at children’s centres across Medway, All Saints, based on Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, will be holding its first pregnancy evening for Medway mums to be on Thursday, 19 April from 6 to 8pm.

From breastfeeding and baby massage to knowing the benefits you are entitled to as a parent, the evening is aimed at providing a complete package of information for expectant parents throughout pregnancy.

The sessions will also include free treatments, demonstrations and information covering a range of areas from waterbirths and pregnancy yoga to reflexology and homeopathy.

Health visitors and midwives will also be on hand to offer expert advice to parents at all stages of pregnancy, whether it’s specific information or an informal chat you’re after.

The pregnancy evening will be at the centre on Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. For more information contact the centre on 01634 338833.

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