The High street Area includes a large slice of the Town Centre and runs from Union Street to Loose Road and from Mote Park to the River Medway, incorporating major heritage sites such as All Saints Church and the Museum, several parks, a millennium Green, a nature reserve and a diverse range of housing from the very expensive to the opposite, including some notably poor quality private rented housing.
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We have worked hard to improve local facilities, such as creating the Collis Millennium Green, Holy Trinity Park, and Len Valley nature reserve, and improving Mote and South Parks.
We have campaigned successfully to introduce safety measures such as the speed camera in Hayle Road and traffic calming in Campbell Road, Barton Road and St Philips Avenue/Hastings Road and to mitigate the impact of commuter traffic and parking on residents by reducing non-residents parking times.
We have had success in fighting reckless development, such as the proposed concrete recycling plant at Tovil, which would have serious impact on the Ward and have successfully supported the establishment of a new waste transfer site at Allington which will reduce pressure on our local roads.
We are continuing to push for action to improve road safety reduce congestion and improve air quality, especially in the Stone Street Area.
We are introducing an article 4 directive to reduce the uncontrolled conversion of offices to flats without the benefit of planning control, which has caused major problems in our community.
And finally, we are continuing to improve our local parks and open spaces.