Formal petition submitted to Medway Council

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The campaign to create a new town council for Rochester took a significant step forward today (7 October 2015) when campaigners formally submitted a petition to Medway Council.

This petition, which was launched by the City of Rochester Society in March 2015, calls for Medway Council to establish a new town council for Rochester. The City of Rochester Society believes that having a town council will strengthen democracy in Rochester and give its people the resources and tools they need to make positive changes to their town.

In total, the campaign team has collected 1,785 signatures from residents who live within the boundary of the proposed new council area. Medway Council has advised that 1,644 valid signatures are required to trigger a Community Governance Review, which is the next stage of the process of creating a new town council.

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I would like to thank the people of Rochester for their wonderful support for our campaign. It is clear that the people of Rochester want more of a say in how their town is run. I hope that Medway Council responds positively to our petition and holds a fair and transparent consultation on this issue in the near future.John Collins, the Campaign Manager
The establishment of a town council for Rochester would be in line with Government policy and would bring Rochester itself into line with many other communities of similar size throughout the country which now have the benefit of town or parish councils. We do not see a town council as in any sense a threat or a challenge to Medway Council’s authority, but rather as acting in support of the higher authority by taking on board some of the purely local issues which affect people’s daily lives.Alan Moss, Chairman of the City of Rochester Society
There is a national drive to create new Parish, Town and Community Councils (Local Councils). There are 149 areas either considering starting campaigns or actively campaigning for Local Councils in England and Rochester is one of them. We are delighted to see the Rochester campaign team hand in their petition to Medway Council, signed by over 7.5% of the electorate, calling for a Community Governance Review with the aim of creating a Town Council for Rochester. Both KALC and our National Association have been supporting the Rochester campaign through the Government’s national New Councils Programme.Cllr Raymond Evison, Chairman of the Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC)
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