Published: Thursday, 7th February 2019
Medway Council has received funding to further transform Chatham town centre.
The council has received £259,462 Section 106 funding to spend in Chatham.
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requires developers to enter into an agreement with local councils to make financial contributions to reduce the impact of their development on the local community.
Medway Council has worked with the business-led Chatham Town Centre Forum to identify their top priorities for improving and enhancing the town centre as part of the Love Chatham Initiative.
The funding will be used for a number of projects including extending the Safer Medway Radio scheme in Chatham town centre, deep cleaning of the High Street, a package of environmental improvements and a dedicated Anti-social behaviour (ASB) Town Centre Warden. These projects will help to improve the town centre environment and combat anti-social behaviour and crime.
Further improving the town centre
Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation, said: “This Section 106 funding is extremely important and has allowed Chatham Town Centre Forum and other partners to identify key priorities which will help further improve the town centre. We are pleased to be working with them to carry these priorities forward. Medway Council has invested heavily in Chatham town centre and its transformation is already attracting more businesses and shops to the high street. I hope the new initiatives will continue to see Chatham flourish.”
Supporting local businesses
Gian Chahal, Chairman of the Chatham Centre Forum, said: “I was delighted to hear that we had secured funding. This will allow the Chatham Town Centre Forum to continue to support local businesses in the town.”