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

 

KENT & MEDWAY CCG COMMUNITY BULLETIN

The NHS Kent & Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has issued its first Kent and Medway Community Bulletin, click here to view.

 

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.

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS SUSPENDED

The Parish Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 31st March 2020 has been cancelled and all other meetings have been suspended for the time being. 

 

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council caused by the resignation of Councillor John Driscoll.

The Medway Council elections team have advised that a bye election has not been requested so the vacancy will be filled by co-option as soon as practicable when the normal business of the Parish Council resumes.


The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is 12th August 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.