Work on Strood’s £9million transformation project is well underway.
Medway Council successfully secured funding from central government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to improve Strood Town Centre. Work began on Strood’s £9million transformation project in February following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses.
Two phases of the works have already been completed including improvements to the car park and market space in Commercial Road. Following the completion of the works Strood market will return to the car park on Tuesday, 26 June. Parking will also be available in the car park during the market, which will be held on Tuesdays between 9am and 2pm. Following feedback from residents, businesses and traders, the decision to open the market exclusively on Tuesdays means that extra car parking will be available in Strood town centre on Saturdays to meet demand.
The next phase of improvement works for the Strood Town Centre scheme are expected to start on Friday, 29 June. The works include improvements to the existing central island between Station Road and Commercial Road which will be made more accessible for pedestrians.
Other aspects of the works, which will be carried out later on in the year, include 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 and work.
'The works are really starting to take shape'
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Regeneration, Cllr Rodney Chambers, said: “I am pleased that the first two phases of works to transform Strood town centre have been completed. The works are really starting to take shape and I’m looking forward to seeing the final results. Strood is becoming a very popular area where residents are proud to live and work and take advantage of the variety of Strood’s expanding retail offer.”
'We've listened to traders and local businesses'
Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, said: “We’ve listened to traders and local businesses and I’m pleased that the new-look market has now been opened. There is now more car parking available for residents and visitors in Strood town centre on Saturdays.”