Created into a unitary area just 21 years ago, we are hugely proud that in this short time, a massive transformation programme has seen Medway become one of the most promising growth areas in the UK, laying the foundations for a firm future for our residents and communities.
With a population of 280,000, Medway is the largest conurbation in the south east outside London. Today, Medway is one of the south east’s most dynamic places to live, work, learn and visit. Just 35 minutes on high speed train to London and other excellent transport links to the rest of the country and Europe through the motorway, port and airport networks, Medway is an ideal location for people looking for a great place to live and work.
An ambitious regeneration programme will see the creation of around 30,000 new homes including major developments in Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Hoo and our population is expected to grow to 320,000 residents by 2035.
Medway has a rich cultural and military heritage. It is home to the Historic Dockyard Chatham, Fort Amherst and Royal Engineers Museum. Rochester is famous for its cathedral, the tallest Norman castle in England, and historic connections with Charles Dickens.
Our urban areas are complemented by a stunning natural environment with award winning parks, riverside walks and more than 80 miles of cycle paths and routes.
We are hugely proud of our vibrant cultural programme. Thousands of people visit our packed festival programme through the year including two Dickens festivals, a River Festival and Christmas festivities. Medway Park is our centre of sporting excellence which hosts major international competitions.
Medway is home to more than 14,000 businesses, becoming a hub for creative industries and is fast developing a reputation for innovation. We have four universities with a student population of more than 12,000, a new university technical college and the largest further education college in the county.
Medway has some key affluent wards and also some that are severely deprived. Nevertheless, most people are in work. Local jobs and businesses are supported through council schemes like Partners for Growth, the Thames Gateway Innovation, Growth and Enterprise fund and the success of our apprentice programmes service. The economic vision for Medway is to continue to attract more quality jobs into the area, building on the opportunities such as The Lower Thames Crossing and our proximity to the capital.