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

  

 

PRECEPT FOR 2024/25

 

On 30th January 2024, after lengthy discussion, the Parish Council set the Precept for 2024/25 at £63,591. This is collected by Medway Council on behalf of the Parish Council and is included in the Council Tax levied on all households in this parish. 

 

  • The Precept per Band D Dwelling will therefore be £146.27 which is an increase of £20.99 over 2023/24 and equates to a percentage increase of 16.8% (the same as 2023/24);
  • Although in percentage terms this appears to be a substantial increase, in monetary terms, the increase is 40 pence per week per Band D Dwelling.

 

The increase of 16.8% in the Precept for 2024/25 was necessary for the following reasons:

 

  •  In 2022/23 Medway Council withdrew the CTRS and Formula Grants which amounted to a loss of £7,500 funding for this parish (an income reduction of 15%) – the effects of which are ongoing; 
  • In addition, utility costs rose substantially in July 2023 when a 4-year fixed term agreement came to an end.

 

The Budget/Precept 2024/25 calculation is available to view on the Financial Information page of this website.

 

 

PROPOSED PUBLIC MEETING - WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE 2024

On 26th March 2024, members of the public attended the Parish Council meeting to express their concerns about the proposal to build 33 homes adjacent to Edinburgh Road. A representative from Esquire Developments Ltd gave a brief presentation and answered questions from the public about the proposal which they are managing on behalf of MHS Homes.

A follow up meeting has now been arranged for Wednesday, 12th June 2024 at 19:00 in the Village Hall.  Representatives from MHS Homes and Esquire Development Ltd will attend to answer questions from the public.  A member of the Medway Council Planning Team will also be attending.

The Parish Council Chairman – Paul Blakeley – will chair this meeting which is held for the benefit of the public and is NOT a Parish Council meeting.  

An Invitation is being be sent to all households giving details of the above meeting.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 

Meetings of the Parish Council are held in the GP Surgery Waiting Room attached to the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to observe the proceedings. 

 

The date of the next Parish Council Meeting is 4th June 2024.  

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.