£9m transformation project due to start next month

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Work is due to begin on Strood’s £9million transformation project next month.

Medway Council has successfully secured funding from central government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to improve Strood Town Centre.

Following previous consultation with traders, residents and businesses the improvements are due to begin the week commencing 19 February. These works will transform the existing car park and market space at Commercial Road, creating a new and improved market site.

To allow for the works to take place, Strood market will be closed temporarily and existing traders have been offered the opportunity to relocate to Gillingham market on Mondays and Saturdays until the new site is completed. It is anticipated that the works will be completed later this year.

Other aspects of the works, which will be carried out later on in the year, include improvements to pedestrian routes, cycling facilities and improvements to the road layout in the town centre to reduce congestion. The transformation project aims to boost economic growth, provide new jobs in the town and create a location where people are proud to live, work and visit.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Regeneration, Cllr Rodney Chambers, said: “Strood is one of Medway’s key regeneration sites and I am pleased that the improvement works will soon be underway. The opening of the new Strood railway station last month will help to further boost economic growth. Strood is becoming an increasingly popular area and the works, which will help to revitalise the town centre, aim to make Strood a place residents are proud to live and work.”

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, said: “This is great news for the future of Strood market. Medway has a long history of markets and we are keen to continue this tradition. We have listened to traders’ feedback and have plans in place to improve the market. I am pleased that stallholders have been given the opportunity to trade at Gillingham market whilst the improvement works take place.”

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