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

 

ANNUAL AUDIT FOR 2018/19

The Parish Council has prepared and approved the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ended 31st March 2019.  This was approved by the Parish Council at the meeting on 28th May and submitted to the external auditor - PKF Littlejohn LLP - on 14th June.  The unaudited AGAR is on display on the High Street Notice Board or click here to view. 

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY ACCOUNTS - A SUMMARY OF YOUR RIGHTS 

Local Government Electors and their representatives have the right to inspect and make objection to the unaudited AGAR (as specified above) - click here to view a full summary of your rights.

 

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Tuesday, 21st May 2019 at 19:30 (for 20:00) in the Village Hall, Chapel Road but was poorly attended.  Reports were given by Ward Councillor Mick Pendergast and Parish Council Chairman, Veronica Cordier on the events during the 2018/19 municipal year, as well as reports from various village organisations on their activities for the year. 

Parish Councillor Mrs Caroline Hardingham gave a very interesting presentation on the work of wHoo Cares and stressed that more volunteers are needed to enable them to continue their important support work. 

 

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!!

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council following the election on 2nd May at which there were only 7 nominations for 9 vacancies.  At the first meeting of the new Council on 28th May, members decided to advertise these vacancies - details of which are displayed on the High Street Notice Board or by clicking here.  

A separate notice 'Wanted! - Parish Councillors' notice sets out the full conditions for applicants which are also displayed on the High Street Notice Board or by clicking here.

All applications will be considered at the September PC meeting which is scheduled for 24th September.


SCHEDULE OF MEETING DATES FOR 2019/20

On 29th January 2019 the Parish Council set the proposed meetings dates until April 2020 (subject to change).  The schedule is on display on the High Street Notice Board and in the Village Hall or click here to view.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is on 30th July 2019. 

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.