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Tenants moved into new council homes

There's a desperate shortage of council homes across the south east. But some authorities are addressing the problem, and have starting building programmes. Families have started moving into the first council homes to be built in Medway in more than forty years. In recent times, housing associations have taken over the role of providing accommodation to tenants, who used to rely on councils. Fifty five new homes will built. The council says it's a start. Tom Savvides talks tenant Ken Watson, councillor Howard Doe and the MP Rehman Chishti.

'Beautiful' and 'powerful' building given listed status

This building now has Grade Two listed status Credit: ITV Meridian

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and when it comes to the latest addition to the listed building database that certainly seems to be true.

Gun Wharf in Dock Road in Chatham has been given a preservation order meaning it now has Grate Two listed status by the Government.

It follows an English Heritage project to recognise some of the finest post-war office buildings in England.

t was build almost 40 years ago Credit: ITV Meridian

“To be named as one of 14 post-war office buildings listed across the country is something quite special and the fact it is still a working building is testament to its quality.

“The building is no stranger to awards and when it was built was described in the Architects’ Journal as ‘powerful outside and beautiful inside’."

– CLLR RODNEY CHAMBERS, LEADER OF MEDWAY COUNCIL
It is currently used by Medway Council Credit: ITV Meridian

Health Secretary may return to troubled hospital

Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has been asked to return to visit Medway Hospital. The troubled hospital is in special measures, and has recently been given a loan. Rehman Chishti, the local MP, invited Hunt after a meeting in London. And Chishti has called for greater collaboration between Medway Hospital and other Health Trusts. The Government’s recently announced an investment of £13 million to improve Medway’s A&E, which is one of the largest amount given to a hospital.

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Kent woman questioned after 'unexplained' death

A 44-year-old woman from Kent is helping police with their inquiries after the death of another woman in Gillingham.

Police were called to Balmoral Road on Saturday after a woman was found injured. She was taken to hospital but later died.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said the death was being treated as "unexplained".

She said: "A 44-year-old Gillingham woman is helping police with their inquiries following an incident in Balmoral Road on Saturday.

"Kent Police was called at 12.10pm where a woman was found with injuries. The ambulance service treated the patient at the scene before she was taken to hospital; however she died that evening.

"Officers are treating the incident as an unexplained death and inquiries are ongoing."

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