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Clean-up starts on derelict land
Medway docks
Five wharves are closing to make way for the development
Working on building a wall between the Medway and Rochester riverside is getting under way after the award of a contract for the initial work.

The progress, announced by South East England Development Agency and Medway Council, follows several set-backs.

At one stage a developer pulled out, and existing businesses on the land threatened a legal challenge to plans.

A contractor will now build a new river wall, clean up and raise the largely derelict area to prevent flooding.

Proposals for the site, which is more than 84 acres, include 2,000 homes, a hotel, school and space for retail and business development.

Planning permission was granted in June and earlier this year the scheme was awarded more than 42m by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The plans are now with the Government Office for the South East which has yet to give a response.

The contract was awarded to a civil engineering joint venture Edmund Nuttall/Van Oord.




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