Community News


Rochester Update as at 16th September 2021

Security Ramps in Historic Rochester

These were organised by the company running the Castle Concerts. I have raised via our officers the problems with the ramps around the castle and cathedral which are necessary to protect the public but are incredibly noisy and difficult for some cars to get over. This afternoon modifications are being made which I hope will help, but I have asked, and it is agreed, that these ramps will NOT be used again. I would avoid driving through that area if you can until Monday, but let me know if you have any access concerns because Rochester is still very much open for business even though some roads will be closed. The only car park closed is by the moat and the adjacent disabled car park.


Roads will be closed in that area from mid afternoon today until 11pm. If the ramp modifications have not worked there will be additional closures over the weekend.


Events this weekend

Hopefully thousands will enjoy the Castle Concerts, and on Sunday is the Royal Engineers Corp Parade along the High Street at 12:15pm following the cathedral service which starts at 11am. The public can join the service, but space is limited. The Farmers Market will be at Blue Boar Lane from 9am to 1pm.


Christmas in Rochester

The Rochester City Centre Forum is once again launching its very own ‘Christmas in Rochester’ which will coincide with the High Street’s Christmas Lights switch on at 5.00pm on 27th November at Blue Boar Lane. There will be entertainment, window display competitions, and many other family-based competitions and promotions and activities right through December in addition to the usual Dickens event, Christmas Markets, and Artisan and Vintage Markets. All details will follow. Schools, the Cathedral, local groups and the council are all working together to make this Christmas season one of the best ever.


Cuxton Recycling and Waste centre

This will be CLOSED on Monday 20th and 21st September due to essential drainage works. Other sites will remain open, please see council web site.


Electric Vehicle Event Sat 25th Sep Castle Gardens

Electric Vehicles are the future of personal transport, and really important for our climate improvement ambitions. So, the council is supporting an event to show off the technologies available and experts will be available to answer questions. The free event runs between 11am and 3pm; well worth attending!


Local Business Sponsorship

The local parish church and others are looking for sponsors for the “Rochester Local Heroes awards” which will take place at St Margaret's Church in October. Let me know if you would like to sponsor and I’ll happily put you in touch with the organisers so they can tell you all about it.


Chatham Docks Closure

Not really a Rochester issue, but this is so important to everyone in Medway; it is threatened with closure losing up to 1500 jobs and decimating our commercial relationship with the river forever, which is the heart and soul of all our towns. Kelly Tolhurst MP has secured a House of Commons debate this afternoon and will be on Meridian TV tonight and I am discussing the issue with local press tomorrow in advance of more publicity next week. The landowner wants to build thousands of flats and I and others are encouraging the council to not allow this.


Stuart Tranter