July 2020


Have your say on Medway's ward boundaries

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2019

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Medway Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across Medway. 

The Commission has also announced that Medway Council should have 59 councillors in future: four more than the current arrangements. 

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Medway. 

More information can be found on Medway Council's website: 

June 2020



SMI Neighbourhood Watch Consultation launch

SMIRA launches its new consultation for residents feedback by midnight Monday 13 July 2020.  To view the proposals click here.







SMIRA 2020 Newsletter is out!

The SMIRA newsletter 2020, delivered to all addresses on the island mid-June,
is now available to read online too. Read the newsletter as a pdf here. 



















Road resurface works at Samphire Way - 22 - 27 June 2020

Medway Council will shortly be commencing road works on Samphire Way as per the letter received by residents of Samphire Way.

SMIRA and CMT have discussed how CMT can provide support during this time to reduce the impact on residents. As part of CMT's ongoing commitment to residents, they have made arrangements for affected residents to park all day at the SMI Community Centre car park for the duration of the works.


Dean Marsh, CMT's Contract & Procurement Facility Manager said; "We are hoping this will help reduce some of the pressure that residents face, of not being able to park outside their homes, during this time".


SMI Neighbourhood Watch

As part of the 2020 work programme, SMIRA has been developing proposals in conjunction with Chatham Maritime Trust (CMT) for a SMI wide Neighbourhood Watch scheme.


As always SMIRA value resident voice and will be shortly publishing its proposals for residents feedback before delivery.

One Island, One Community, One Voice

May 2020

Countryside recommencing work on St. Mary’s Island


You may be aware that Countryside Properties, has over the last couple of weeks, started to remobilising their Construction sites, albeit with new health and safety procedures in place to manage the Covid-19 situation.


At the end of last week St Mary’s Island was given clearance to recommence construction. This week Site will look to recommence with the remaining, outstanding piling within Sector 15. The majority of piling remaining is in the western portion of this sector adjacent to the River Medway. This work will take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

March 2020


Play Parks on St. Mary's Island Closed from Monday 23.3.2020

Message from Chatham Maritime Trust

The play parks on St Mary’s Island have been monitored by CCTV over the weekend to see how these are being used by the public. It is clear that social distancing rules are not being observed within the play parks. Furthermore, we consider that risks of potentially spreading the virus are increased by the use of the play equipment as children use the equipment, as the hard surfaces of the equipment cannot be maintained as clean due to constant usage.

The decision has therefore been taken to close the play parks as of today. Signage will be displayed on the entrances to each park confirming the reasons behind the closure.


COVID-19: Flexible Payment Arrangements for Annual Rent Charge

At this difficult time for everyone dealing with COVID-19, SMIRA has been working with CMT to find ways to address the impact on resident income over the coming weeks and months. 


CMT have agreed for this year that they will offer up to ten months to pay the annual rent charge for any resident facing financial difficulties. 


Anthony Sutton, CMT Chair, says: ‘It is important that the Trust supports all residents who pay the annual rent charge by offering more flexible payment arrangements.’


Both SMIRA and CMT hope this will help residents in the short term.

Please contact CMT on 01634 891888 or by email at


The Easter Egg Hunt, SMIRA Meetings and Resident Drop Ins cancelled until the end of April at the Earliest


The SMIRA Board has carefully considered the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact it may have particularly on our community. The Government is predicting the situation will get much worse over the coming weeks and is increasing the actions we need to take.


The Board has therefore taken the unfortunate decision to cancel this years Easter Egg Hunt, all resident drop ins and formal resident meetings until the end of April at the earliest. The Board will of course monitor the situation and decide on future meetings nearer the time.


Chris Reynolds - SMIRA Chair

March community events by Litter Free Maritime and
Living River Foundation


  1. 28th March, 9:30am at Central Point, St Mary's Island - Litter Free Maritime Community Clean Up. Please register on Facebook or on our website:


  2. 23rd March. 13:00, St Mary's Island - The Primary School of St Mary's Island is organising a clean-up. If you are one of the parents or simply just happy to help out and have a valid DBS check, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 


  3. Any day of the week commencing 16th March - Year 3 pupils at Elaine Primary School are initiating a clean-up in the Chatham area (exact location to be confirmed). Again, if you are one of the parents or just happy to help out and have a valid DBS check, we would love to hear from you.

November 2019


SMIRA update on parking consultation

The SMIRA Board is very disappointed that the new consultation undertaken by Medway Council and supported by local Councillors was launched online without prior notice to either SMIRA or by writing to residents first.

As always, SMIRA encourages resident voice and urges all residents to complete the consultation using the following link:…/st_marys_island_controlled_park…

It is important residents have their say and SMIRA will use all its website, social media, notice boards and email to ensure its members are made aware of the consultation.

The deadline for the consultation is 31st December 2019.

To write directly to our ward councillors please use the following:

Cllr Habib Tejan

Cllr Piers Thompson

October 2019


Time for the annual planting day on the island! Residents were invited to help Chatham Maritime Trust and Gavin Jones plant the bulbs for spring next year. Thank you to all the residents that came to help!

On the same day, Living River Foundation organised a Community Clean Up. You can find out about future litter picks on Living River Foundation Facebook page here

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