St. Mary’s Island has the unique distinction of being Britain’s first and only strategically planned island community.
The St. Mary’s Island Residents’ Association Ltd. (SMIRA) is run by unpaid volunteers who work, on behalf of the residents, with various agencies and entities which have an influence on life on the Island.
These include Chatham Maritime Trust, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA; now Homes England) who took over from SEEDA and who own the undeveloped land, Countryside Maritime Limited (CML) (the developers), Medway Council, Barratt Homes, Redrow, Moat Housing and Arriva Buses. Some of SMIRA's successful campaigns are listed here.
On our FAQs page you will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions which come up at residents' meetings or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the Meetings page are all the minutes of Board meetings and Residents' meetings from 2011 and are a great source of information about the Island and its workings.
In the past there has been a yearly newsletter which is distributed to all residences on the Island whether they are members or not. SMIRA currently has over 670 members and our membership strengthens our effectiveness when dealing with outside agencies in order to get our views across.
As a resident homeowner on St. Mary's Island you are entitled to apply for membership of SMIRA and would be welcome to attend any of the residents' meetings held every 6 weeks in the Community Centre.
Please click here to download an Application Form, and return it to our registered office or email it back to us. Only one person in any household can be a named member with a vote. If you move house on the Island you will need to fill in a new membership application form.
We can email you the minutes from SMIRA meetings (which are a great source of information) if you join our email list. See here for further details. Please click on meetings for dates and times of meetings
Every six weeks SMIRA holds a residents' meeting at the Community Centre which is open to all whether they are members or not. At these meetings issues concerning the residents of the island are discussed with other interested parties who include representatives from Chatham Maritime Trust and our local councillors. It gives residents the opportunity to raise issues and ask questions of those people who influence life on the island.
Membership of SMIRA does not mean you have to attend these meetings (we wouldn’t have the room to accommodate everyone) but all residents are welcome to attend.
Membership of SMIRA is free to qualifying residents. However, if you would like to support SMIRA, a cheque for £10.00 made out to SMIRA would help cover administrative costs for your application and would be appreciated. Membership forms can be downloaded by clicking here or are available in printed form from the offices of Chatham Maritime Trust, The Observatory, Brunel, Dock Road, Chatham Maritime ME4 4AF.