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River added to heritage site bid

The River Medway at Chatham
The council said the river had been the lifeblood of the area for centuries

A bid to secure World Heritage Site status for Chatham Dockyard has been extended to include the River Medway.

The move, which links Upnor Castle to the main site, is intended to show the historical significance of the river.

Medway Council said Chatham's location on the River Medway meant the area had played "a pivotal part in centuries of distinguished naval history".

The Kent site is on the UK shortlist of World Heritage Site nominations. The next application date will be in 2011.

Lifeblood of area

The extension of the boundary follows a public consultation held in 2008.

Councillor Rodney Chambers said: "The River Medway has for centuries been the lifeblood of this area and it is great that it is now included in the bid for World Heritage Site status."

Sites which have been nominated for the accolade have been asked to show how they are involving local people in promoting their heritage.

A spokeswoman for the Chatham World Heritage Partnership said they already had more than 500 members but were keen to involve as many local people as possible.

Unesco runs the list of world heritage sites which in the UK includes Maritime Greenwich and Canterbury Cathedral.



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