Britain’s Newest City

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: 20 Manor Road Chatham, Kent ME4 6AG
Time: 18:45
With: Robin Cooper, Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture for Medway Council

Summary

This seminar gave local people a chance to learn more about regeneration in Medway, which is now bidding to become Britain’s newest city in 2012. Robin Cooper, Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture for Medway Council, told the story of Medway’s regeneration to date and explained how it is continuing to develop. Seminar participants included students from Greenwich, Canterbury Christchurch and Kent Universities as well as local community representatives. Participants made full use of the opportunity to ask questions about current and future investment opportunities in Medway.

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Abstract

Medway is the next big news story in Kent. Medway is bidding to become Britain's newest city when the Queen announces the results of a city competition in early 2012. With an impressive regeneration story, four universities and thriving business environment coupled with a great heritage Medway is living up to its name as the place of 'Rich Heritage - Great Future'. Come and hear from Robin Cooper how Medway is changing and how you can be part of the future.

Biography of Robin Cooper

Robin Cooper studied economics and geography at LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) and then went on to study town and country planning and business administration at Birkbeck College and Westminster University. He has worked on projects for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and in various posts for the London Borough of Bromley including Head of Heritage and Urban Design. He was Head of Strategic Planning for Canterbury City Council and Director of Development Services at Winchester City Council.

He is currently Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture for Medway Council, a position which includes community safety, emergency planning, planning and environmental services, transportation, front line services, leisure and culture, and delivery of the Thames Gateway regeneration projects. Robin was educated in Kent and lives in the county.

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