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What Medway Council does

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As a unitary authority, Medway Council provides all local government services for a quarter of a million people in Medway. The council delivers services working in partnership with private, public and voluntary sectors.

The council looks after public transport, housing, learning, planning and much more: everything from frontline services, such as refuse collection, to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that services in Medway run smoothly and cost-effectively.

The council’s regeneration team, Medway Renaissance, is leading the regeneration of key sites like Rochester Riverside, Chatham Centre and Waterfront, and Gillingham Waterfront.

The people who make decisions are councillors. They are elected by the people of Medway and usually represent political groups. The council is made up of 55 councillors from 22 wards throughout Medway. You can find out who your councillor is by visiting the councillors' pages.

The council’s cabinet makes most member-level decisions in line with the overall policies and budget of the council. This includes strategic matters, such as leading on the regeneration of Medway and also operational matters, such as determining parking issues in local areas.

The cabinet is made up of 10 elected members from the Conservative Group, as this group has overall control of the council. These members are known as portfolio holders and are responsible for different areas of the council.