STROOD, ROCHESTER, HOO, CHATHAM,
One of the many reasons why
Medway has such outstanding potential is the area's strategic location
bridging the Capital and Europe. Medway is of major regional and national
Situated on the North
coast of Kent between London and the Channel Ports.
The largest urban area of
Kent and the second largest in the South East, outside London.
Easily reached by an
advanced network of roads, rail and sea.
At the heart of the
Formed by five historically
separate Towns- Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham -
Medway also contains large tracts of countryside, notably the Hoo
Peninsular, the Capstone Valley and Gillingham Riverside. The Towns are
grouped around the lower reaches and estuary of the River Medway, with the
Hoo Peninsular extending Northwards into the Thames Estuary. To the South
are the North Downs and there are large areas of international interest
Great History on Your
Medway has many historic
associations. The City of Rochester Upon Medwya is famed not least for its
associations with Charles Dickens and proudly boasts a castle and
cathedral overlooking the River.
Medway has 400 years of
military connections, starting in the 16th Century. The Great Lines
fortifications date from the Napoleonic era, and together with the Royal
Navy Dockyard, Royal School of Military Engineering and the barrack
builkings, still survive and attract a great number of visitors each year.
Much has been achieved to
ensure Medway maintains its rich heritage. There are:
82 scheduled ancient
831 listed buildings and
22 conservation areas
Tourism is increasing and
bringing economic wealth to the area.
Mayor Development in
Chatham Maritime is an area
of business growth. Major organisations such as Colonial Mutual and
Halifax Building Society have already located to this attractive waterside
development. Future development will also include: additional
Park is a highly successful business development located close to
the M2. Over 90 companies have been attracted to this location which
offers both high quality environment and good transportation links.
Medway City Estate
is a riverside development offering a choice of premises and sites for
business and industrial needs. Transportation links include direct
access to the Medway Tunnel via the planned Northern Relief Road.
Rochester and Chatham
Riverside is a planned proposal for local registration.
Development will include new housing, leisure and commercial users.
Medway Valley Park
is an existing business and leisure complex adjacent to Exit 2 on the
M2. There is a Multiplex and Gala leisure complex, restaurants,
nightclub and fitness centre, with more development to follow.
Living and Working in
Medway offers a wide
range of shopping facilities, from the Medieval backstreets of
Rochester, through to modern high streets, to the superstores and out
of town shopping centres. Other major developments are also on our
doorstep including Bluewater Park which opened in 1999.
Medway offers an
extensive range of facilities and sport. There are a number of sports
centres each offering a wide range of facilities. Other key facilities
include the Ice Bowl at Gillingham Business Park, and Alpine Ski
Centre in Capstone Country Park and an internationally recognised
indoor bowls club at Prince Arthur Road in Gillingham. Ther River
Medway is a popular setting for water sports and there are numerous
parks, commons and woodlads for informal and family recreation. Medway
is also the home of Gillingham F.C.
Medway is covered by the
West Kent Health Authority. The Medway NHS Trust is responsible for
acute medical services and the provision of main hopitals. The North
Kent Healthcare Trust is responsible for providing community health
services such as mental health, clinical support such as physiotherapy
and chiropody, and primary care including district nursing and health
visiting. It is also responsible for administering contracts with
independent professional service providers such as general
practitioners, dentists, pharmacists and opticians. Private healthcare
facilities are also available in the area.
Schools and Education
Medway is well provided
with school in both the state and independent sectors, including one
of the country's most prestigious - King's School at Rochester.
Further education and training opportunities in the area are well
provided for by the University of Greenwich, University of Kent,
Mid-Kent College of Higher and Further Education, and the Kent
Institute of Art and Design. Other organisations and projects also
contribute to skills development and training in the area, including
the Kent Training and Enterprise Council. Education Business
Partnerships specialise in bringing schools and local companies
together for mutual benefit.
We have over 110 Schools
and Units in the Medway Area. As you would expect in an area of this
size our schools vary considerably in size and style.
Our primary schools range
from small with about 80 children to those which have over 400.
Our secondary schools
include High, Comprehensive, Grammar and Wide Ability.
Special School Education
The Medway Towns have 3
schools who specifically cater for special needs children alone within
the age ranges of 5 - 16+. However, there are many other schools which
have units attached and/or seek to integrate special needs children into
the main school. These units consist of Hearing Impaire, Visually
Impaired and Total Communication.
Grant Maintained Schools
A number of GM schools in
the Medway Towns have bought personnel services. We offer a recruitment
service to these schools in addition to the LEA schools.