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Much of Medway is rural, including large tracts of countryside
on the Hoo peninsula, in the Medway valley, on Rainham marshes and
around the urban area. Its villages make up just over 10 per cent
of Medway’s population. The countryside contains many diverse
landscapes, from salt marshes to the chalk hills of the North
Downs. The area also has a number of key employment sites, such as
Kingsnorth and Thamesport on the Isle of Grain.
The Council supports projects that improve services in rural
Medway, and protect the countryside. These include the Villager
community transport scheme that provides minibus services for rural
residents and community groups. The Council also supports the
Halling Association, a local partnership that has funded a
number of community and environmental projects in Halling over 10
Medway Council is working with Kent County Council to deliver
improvements to broadband services in rural areas. The Broadband
Development (BDUK) government programme is investing millions in
upgrading infrastructure in villages across Kent and Medway.
Further details on the BDUK programme and the locations and
timetable for service improvements in Medway are available on the
County Council broadband webpage.
The Leader rural
development programme has provided European grants to business
and community projects in local villages and countryside across
Medway over recent years. Work is underway to secure continued
funding to support the rural economy through a new Leader
programme. Details of the emerging programme and areas eligible for
grants are available on the link above.
There are 11 parish councils in Medway, covering the Hoo
peninsula and the western part of the Medway valley. They deal with
a number of local issues, such as the management of village play
areas and are a useful contact point for local information.
Other useful organisations on rural issues