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Economic development strategy
Local authorities are required by law to have an economic
development statement or strategy.
Consultation on the strategy
The Medway Economic
Development Strategy for 2009-12 (pdf 278KB) was developed by
specialist consultant ERS (www.ers.org.uk/). To use this file you
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A period of public consultation, ending on Friday, 19 June 2009,
led to a number of comments which were vital to help produce the
final draft before official ratification by the council.
The document provides a concise and critical review of existing
policy documents relating to Medway and its location within the
Thames Gateway and the south-east. It also gives an assessment of
overall economic and employment trends relating to Medway over the
short term (2009-12) and longer term (to 2026).
In the course of the consultation process, an accompanying
comprehensive Action Plan was produced to present a work programme
of what the strategy should deliver from 2009 to 2012. This
incorporates the programme of counter-recessionary measures
approved by Cabinet on 14 July 2009.
The council was particularly keen to receive the views of local
businesses, stakeholders and residents as to the type of actions
and initiatives that will strengthen the local economy, help it
grow and assist in the delivery of the final Economic Development
It is imperative that steps are taken now to put in place the
partnerships and funding sources required to develop and implement
the plan while working to complete the Employment Land Study.
At its meeting on 15 December 2009, the council's Cabinet agreed
to adopt the Economic Development Strategy and gave delegated
authority to the Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture,
in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development
and Strategic Growth, to make minor changes to the Strategy to
ensure consistency with the forthcoming Employment Land Study.
For more information contact Economic Development and Social
Regeneration by telephone: 01634 306000 or by
Write to: Economic Development and Social Regeneration, Medway
Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR