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Getting Strood Moving


Mark Reckless would like to thank the hundreds of people across Strood who returned the survey on his proposed road changes to Get Strood Moving.

The four different measures which Mark proposes to improve traffic flow through Strood gained substantial support in the consultation:

  • 86% support introducing traffic lights at Darnley Arch roundabout;
  • 89% support changes to Commercial Road between B&Q and McDonalds;
  • 92% support creating a new one way Strood-bound road from Rochester Bridge through to Strood Retail Park and Knights Road; and
  • 91% support improvements to the Medway City Estate exit including a new third lane up to the Sans Pareil roundabout.

Having confirmed money is available, Mark will now look to progress these improvements with Medway Council if he is re-elected.


MP raises concerns over Strood retail park proposal

Commercial Road Image courtesy of Google Maps

Image courtesy of Google Maps

Mark Reckless has lodged an objection to proposals to remove the slip road onto Strood retail park as part of plans to demolish and replace the current B&Q site.

The proposals which are being considered by Medway Council’s planning department would see the current B&Q site, known formally as Unit C, demolished to make way for three smaller units which would extend out closer to the existing highway and over the current slip road.

Strood town centre is already one of the most heavily congested areas in the whole of Medway. Mark Reckless is concerned that removing the current slip road on Commercial Road and forcing all traffic to access the retail park via Knights Road will only serve to increase traffic congestion in and around Strood. Mark has formally lodged an objection to the planning application.

Speaking of his concerns, Mark Reckless said:

“Commercial Road is already a well known pinch point for traffic in and around Strood. I am very concerned about the potential for increased congestion in this part of Medway which the removal of the current slip road onto the retail park will most likely create.

We need a long term vision to tackle the traffic problems affecting Strood. These impact negatively on residents and businesses in the area alike. I cannot support the Strood retail park proposals as they currently stand and I urge all local residents to join me in objecting to the plans. We want to help get Strood moving in the right direction, not risk making congestion worse.”

To register your objection to the proposals, email planning.representations@medway.gov.uk quoting MC/14/3317 in the subject field.

MP calls for urgent action on illegal traveller site in Strood

WP_20141201_007Mark Reckless MP has called on Medway Council to take urgent action to evict a group of travellers who have set up camp at Commercial Road car park in Strood.

Writing to Cllr Peter Hicks, the portfolio holder for community safety, Mark Reckless stressed the need for action to be taken as swiftly as possible to move on the group who caused disruption to stallholders at Saturday’s Strood Market which operates on the car park site.

Mark Reckless said:

“This camp has caused considerable disruption not just to local residents, but to hard-pressed traders who use Strood Market. The camp has now been in place for five days and there was no sign of council activity when I visited the site this morning to see what action was being taken to move these people on.

It is completely unacceptable that so many local people and businesses are being inconvenienced by a small group of travellers who have camped illegally. Medway Council has had more than enough time to deal with this and the suggestion that the market should have closed on Saturday was completely unacceptable.

I am calling on the portfolio holder to get a grip on this and evict these travellers as soon as possible.”

Mark Reckless MP officially opens modern new look Strood Post Office

Strood Post Office re-opening, North Street, Strood. L-R John Elliott, Charanjit Kaur, Hardev Singh, sub postmaster Bierinder Singh Powar, MP Mark Reckless, Cllr Chris Irvine and Martine from the Post Office.

Strood Post Office re-opening, North Street, Strood. L-R John Elliott, Charanjit Kaur, Hardev Singh, sub postmaster Bierinder Singh Powar, MP Mark Reckless, Cllr Chris Irvine and Martine from the Post Office.

To celebrate the refurbishment of Strood Post Office, Mark Reckless, MP for Strood, officially opened the modernised main-style branch on Friday 29 August.

As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours, Strood Post Office, 13-17 High Street, Strood, ME2 4SL now opens an extra five hours a week including Saturday afternoon. The new opening hours are Monday: 8:30am to 5:30pm; Tuesday to Saturday: 8:30am to 5:30pm.

The service is be provided from five counters, including two open-plan positions, two modern screened positions and a combi-counter, where the Post Office terminal will sit alongside the shop’s retail till.

Mark Reckless MP, said:

“The branch looks great – really modern. The extra Saturday afternoon opening makes it far more convenient for customers to visit. I am delighted to be here today to congratulate postmaster Bierinder Singh-Powar on his vital community role and the improvements made to his branch.”

STROOD POST OFFICE scissors 014Mr Singh-Powar, who has been postmaster since December 2010, said:

“All the customers are coming in and commenting upon how “posh” the store is. That’s the word everyone is using. The branch is light, bright, clean and modern. The open plan counters are great – far more personal. It is far easier to see customers and to have conversations without the need to shout. We also now have customer call forward system so that customers know which serving position to go to.”

Martine Munby, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, said:

“We understand how important Post Office services are to the people of Strood and we are confident this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Mark Reckless welcomes Secure Station Scheme success for local rail stations

280414RL_04Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, was delighted to meet and congratulate staff and station managers at Strood railway station after both Rochester and Strood stations were recognised by the Department for Transport under the ‘Secure Stations Scheme’.

The scheme, which is run by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police, recognises stations which effectively work to reduce crime, theft and antisocial behaviour, as well as generally making passengers feel safer and more secure.

Speaking of the awards, Mark Reckless said:

“This is very good news for rail passengers in my constituency. I am very pleased that both Strood and Rochester stations have fulfilled the criteria to be included in the Department for Transport’s ‘Secure Stations Scheme’. The Scheme’s guidelines are very stringent and it is clear that the management and staff at both railway stations have worked hard and deserve this recognition.

This accreditation shows that not only have managers and staff met the tough targets which are set by the Department for Transport and British Transport Police, but that passengers using these stations have seen a real and welcome difference in the service which they receive.

As a regular commuter myself it is reassuring to me and my constituents to know that this level of security is being maintained at both Rochester and Strood railways stations. My congratulations and thanks to all of the staff and managers who have worked hard to achieve this recognition.”


VIDEO: A day in the life of Mark Reckless MP

An exclusive behind the scenes look at a typical day in the life of Mark Reckless, Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood. A revealing video which highlights the vital work which MPs undertake on behalf of local children, residents and businesses in their constituency:

Mark Reckless MP welcomes Broomhill improvements


Mark Reckless was delighted today to have the opportunity to inspect the new childrens’ play area at Broomhill Park prior to it’s official opening at 11am tomorrow  (Saturday 5th April) when the Deputy Mayor of Medway, Cllr Jane Etheridge who is also one of the local councillors for Strood North ward in which the park is located, will cut the ribbon.

WP_20140404_009Children in Strood will have access to two new play areas – a nature themed play area for younger children and a sports wall for the older kids. The new play area and footpath works cost £150,000, made possibly by a generous donation of £60,000 from the SITA Trust and £90,000 from developer contributions for improvements to recreation facilities at Broomhill Park.

Mark also had the opportunity to meet with members of The Friends of Broomhill group who are actively involved in promoting knowledge of Broomhill – described as Strood’s hidden gem – and work hard to keep the park a welcoming area.

The sports wall area has facilities for basketball and football with a goal and basketball net, while younger children are sure to have great fun in the new junior playground with spider springers, a see-saw, climbing ropes and a double swing.

Speaking after his visit, Mark Reckless said:

WP_20140404_021“I’ve been a supporter of Broomhill for a long time, and it is fantastic to see the new facilities which will be available for the young people of Strood and surrounding areas to enjoy.

I would like to congratulate Claire Lanes and everyone from Medway Council’s Green Spaces team for their work in securing the vital funding which has made this possible. My thanks also to the Friends of Broomhill group who work tirelessly to continually improve this wonderful park in my constituency. I’m very much looking forward to bringing my children here in the near future.”

Cllr Jane Etheridge, Deputy Mayor of Medway and Strood North ward councillor, added:

“It was lovely to have Mark join us to inspect the new facilities and to see how great these new play areas are. I’m looking forward to officially opening the new facilities and I hope as many people as possible from the local community will come along and join in the fun this Saturday.”