A section of conclusion of the Environmental Impacts study on a Thames Estuary airport.
To read the full report as to the many reasons why environmentally an estuary airport is a non starter please click below
It’s back on July 11th, the Big Quiz in the Village Hall on July 11th
This is the third of four quiz events to be held in the Village Hall to help raise funds for Phase Three of the refurbishment programme
If you want a great night out and to help raise money for the refurbishment please contact Margaret on 244203. Entry is only £3 per person
At the time of going to press we can tell you that Medway Council are working on a scheme to put a path in for the above site, as previously requested. This is the stop near the Village sign
In addition we have also asked them to let the Parish Council know if it would be possible to move the existing bus shelter by the Vets and to incorporate this with the new path.
We haven’t heard if this is possible or the cost so please watch this space. If you have a view on this please let the Parish Council know.
The Parish Council are considering and have applied for funding for a half pipe piece of skateboard equipment. We would like your thoughts on where this could be sited on the recreation field. One place could be between the kick wall and the youth shelter at the back of the recreation field(photo below shows this area). The equipment is 1.2m high by 3.6m wide by 9m long. This is an ongoing project and has been up for consideration since 2011.
If you would like to comment or see photos of the equipment please contact Chris Watson on 01634 256529 or email
Information and photos can also be seen at the monthly surgery on June 10th at Kings Kitchen in the Memorial Hall 10.30am – 12.00pm, or at the Parish Council Meeting on June 11th in the Memorial Hall at 8.00pm.
We are consulting on this project, so please give us your thoughts.
At the May Parish Council, MLL Telecom consulted the Parish Council to obtain their views on a potential monopole mast required to provide connectivity to schools across the peninsula, to meet curriculum delivery requirements. This scheme is being provided by Medway Council; MLL Telecom is providing the design and delivery for them. To reach the schools one solution might involve a mast on High Halstow Hill. A high point is needed as the network needs clear, direct ‘line of sight’ between locations.
Who are MLLTelecom?
• MLL Telecom is a specialist Microwave Radio Technology company based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. From a single link between two points, to a fully designed, planned, installed and maintained solution, they offer a complete range of services to Councils, companies and mobile phone systems, as per mlltelecom.com
What does it mean to High Halstow?
• MLL Telecom are looking for a site within High Halstow to site a 20m mast which would be capable of receiving a signal from Medway Hospital which in turn would be passed to Cliffe, Stoke, Allhallows and Grain
• If the mast is placed on parish land then MLL Telecom would be prepared to give free broadband access to the Village Hall as a benefit to the community as a whole
• If additional services were then to become available via the mast then as part of the licence with the Parish Council, a source of income would be paid to the Parish Council and again this would be seen as a benefit to the community as a whole
Would High Halstow School Benefit from this service?
• Currently High Halstow Primary School has declined to join the Council scheme and therefore would not receive the service, although this does not preclude them from joining at a later date.
• Should a mast not be placed in High Halstow and the School wish to join at a later date then there could be additional costs incurred in bringing the service to High Halstow which would not be funded as part of the initial scheme
How much would it cost the residents of High Halstow to access the service?
• The details of how the service would be charged and accessed by the residents has yet to be determined as the only purpose of the scheme at the moment is to bring broadband to the schools on the peninsula
• MLL Telecom is developing a superfast broadband service for residential customers. They say they aim to provide a competitive service. This should mean prices will be between £15 and £35/month, depending on service levels. This service has not yet started so no guarantees are available and these prices may change.
What is the process involved in bringing this scheme to fruition?
• MLL Telecom are currently working through and identifying necessary sites for the masts to be sited.
• Following the landowners permission (please note if Highway land then permission is already given within existing laws) planning permission would be still be required as the mast is over 15m in height
• MLL Telecom are trying to provide service across the Council network by the start of the September term, so site choice will have to be finalised and the planning application will need to be submitted quickly.
Is it Safe?
MLL Telecom explained that the links they will be installing are narrow, focused beams, the power of which is measured in tenths of a watt, whereas mobile phone masts broadcast across the whole surrounding area at around 100watts output.
What are the Parish Council doing?
• The Parish Council learnt of these details for the first time at the meeting and are aware that MLL Telecom do not have to use our land, but are now aware that if we were to work with them, then high speed broadband can be brought into the Village Hall and a superfast broadband service could be made available to the village as a whole
• Additional sites will be identified and passed back to MLL Telecom to determine if suitable alternatives are available as clearly at the Parish meeting there were a number of people who were against the idea
• The Parish Council are also aware that MLL Telecom are now looking at alternative sites outside of the village. It is clear that if the mast does not come here, the services available would also not be coming here.
• We are now aware that it is a quick timetable but the aim that Medway Council has is for the scheme to be ready for the September term so we are seeking your views as if the Parish Council are to be involved in this process a decision may need to take place at the June meeting
NatWest, the bank that likes to say Yes. Not however, it seems, if you’re a resident on the Hoo Peninsula!
We have been informed by Medway Councillor Chris Irvine that despite NatWest, and it’s parent company Royal Bank of Scotland, being bailed out by us, the taxpayers, to the tune of some £46 billion during the disastrous financial collapse in 2008, RBS is set to proceed with plans to close it’s NatWest branch on the Hoo Peninsula in Hoo St Werburgh. There has been no consultation. The decision has seemingly been delivered as a fait accompli.
This decision is extremely concerning. This NatWest branch is the only bank on the whole of the Hoo Peninsula. The decision to pull out of the area without any consultation with either residents, customers or elected representatives to consider the possible alternatives is a completely unacceptable way of doing business.
Medway Councillor Chris Irvine has created an online petition opposing the Hoo Branch closure which you can sign here. He is seeking an urgent meeting with RBS alongside local MP Mark Reckless to discuss the matter
Whilst RBS may well say they will put in place arrangements within local post offices for customers who lose out, there are many elderly and disabled residents, not to mention local businesses, who rely on this branch and who may, due to it’s unique location, be unable to access a full banking service should the Hoo branch be closed.
Rather than closing the Bank perhaps RBS should consider increasing the services available at the branch which maybe better for them as well as the customers it is supposed to be serving
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