Welcome to the St James, Isle of Grain Parish Council Website

This website is designed to provide you with information about your Local Parish Council. You will find documents containing minutes of meetings, as well as strategic documents and financial information.

 

Latest News

 

PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS

On 21st November 2020 the external auditors - PKF Littlejohn LLP - gave an unqualified audit opinion on the Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31st March 2020.  The Notice on Conclusion of Audit has been displayed on the Parish Council's Notice Board or click here to view. 

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 

Until further notice, Parish Council meetings will be held virtually using Zoom.  If you wish to observe any meeting you will need to email the Parish Clerk for joining details using the link on the Contact Us page of this website.

 

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council caused by the resignations of Councillors John Driscoll and  Claire Tizzard.  

The Medway Council Elections Team has advised that a bye election has not been requested for either vacancy so they will be filled by co-option as soon as practicable.

 

VILLAGE HALL

At the Parish Council meeting on 11th August 2020, it was agreed that the Village Hall will not be available for hire for the time being and will only be used for Parish Council meetings (as and when required).  During the closure some areas of the Village Hall (toilets, kitchen and hallway) will be redecorated.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES

To report instances of people not adhering to social distancing, etc you can email:  

  •  kent.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about 

 

PLAY AREAS CLOSURE - URGENT GOVERNMENT COVID-19 NOTICE

The Government has instructed that play areas are closed for use until further notice. 

As residents will be aware, the play areas in St James’ Playing Field are permanently open to the public, and there is no practical way of closing them.  Hence, all residents are urged to avoid using the play areas.  Notices have been placed on equipment, where possible, and on adjacent fencing.

Please observe the restrictions and do not use play equipment or play areas until further notice.

 

The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is 8th December 2020.  

The Village
St James, Isle of Grain is one of the eleven parishes within the Medway Unitary Authority area.

The village is situated on the North Kent Marshes and is the most remote village on the Hoo Peninsula, reached via the A228 and B2001. The village is bordered by the Rivers Medway and Thames and has a large industrial area on the landward side. The Medway Estuary and Marshes SSSI and South Thames Estuary and Marshes SSSI are adjacent.

The village has a primary school, a pub and a church. The Chapel is used as a public library (provided by Medway Council) and a resource and learning centre which is run independently.

Community Land
The Parish Council owns the freehold of land within the village including two playing fields and a coastal park, consisting of ¾ mile of foreshore bordering the estuaries of the Rivers Medway and Thames. All of this land is maintained by the Parish Council as public open space for the benefit of residents and visitors. There is a very active voluntary group called The Friends of Grain Coastal Park who carry out the maintenance of these public open spaces using equipment supplied by the Parish Council.

Within the public open space, the Parish Council provides and maintains a floodlit MUGA, skateboard ramp, children’s play area and outside fitness equipment.

Community Buildings
The Parish Council owns two community buildings – a Sports Pavilion and a Village Hall which are both well used.

The Sports Pavilion is used by local football teams and also houses a Youth Club run by Medway Council Youth Service.

The Village Hall is the main community building in the village and provides excellent facilities to hirers. It is regularly used each week by local groups and for private functions such as quiz nights, dances, parties, funding raising events and wakes. The highlight of the year is a Christmas Pantomime which is an original piece written and performed by a local theatrical group.

Attached to the Village Hall is a fully equipped doctor’s surgery which is leased to the local GP Practice. This clinic is also the parish War Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in two World Wars.