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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to questions that are frequently asked at SMIRA meetings, or in emails to admin@smira.info.

   
   
Dogs on St. Mary's Island
  Dogs to be kept on leads
  Dangerous dogs
  Is your dog barking too much?
   
Car Parking on St. Mary's Island
  Problems with non-resident parking
  Consultation regarding the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone
  New development to have dedicated parking spaces for school drop-off and pick-up
   
Do any buildings on St. Mary's Island have flammable cladding?
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Dogs on St. Mary's Island

On St. Mary's Island dogs must be kept on a lead, as part of the Island Regulations, except in the dog run area on Finsborough Down where dogs can be let off their leads. Please use the dog run and encourage your children who are taking the dog out to use it too.

If residents encounter a dog (that can be any breed, it doesn't need to be a Section 1 listed dog) causing fear, alarm or distress in any public place then it's a dangerous dog and needs to be reported to the police (phone 101) under the Dangerous Dogs Act Section 3.

Below is a diagram showing who to contact about incidents with dogs causing "fear, alarm or distress".

Dangerous dogs

Is your dog barking too much?

It's normal and natural for dogs to bark but when barking happens a lot, or goes on for a long time, it can be annoying and upsetting for your neighbours. If you're out a lot, or you're just used to the noise, you might not realise just how bad it is.

This leaflet from DEFRA is designed to help you work with your neighbours to sort out any problems caused by your dog barking without having to involve the authorities. Click here to access the PDF leaflet.

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Car Parking on SMI

Car parking on SMI is an increasing and serious concern. Theenforcement of parking regulations in the terms of the lease at the Watersmeet Apartments and the enforcement of a two-hour time limit in the Ship &Trades car park has exacerbated the situation.

Residents who are most affected by these developments are those living in roads closest to HMS Chatham Bridge such as Marine View and Haven Way. Most of the parking issues on these roads are caused by non-Island residents who commute to London or work locally where inadequate parking is provided by their employers and it was these same people that caused the time limit at the Ship & Trades car park to be enforced.

Controlled Parking Zone

As Medway Council have either adopted or are close to adopting most of our roads, our Ward Councillors, Andrew Mackness and Habib Tejan, arranged for a consultation document to be sent to all SMI residents to determine their interest in introducing a residents’ parking permit scheme on the Island. The response to the consultation document was substantial but this is not an initiative devised by the Council but simply, by request, a consultation to ascertain the need and interest of all the residents.

At a recent SMIRA meeting, Cllr. Andrew Mackness said that a proposal for the CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone) will be drawn up by Ruth Du-Lieu (Assistant Director Frontline Services & Director) and this will be consulted on, but we’re not sure when.

New development to have dedicated parking spaces for school drop-off and pick-up

As part of the new Azure development there will be dedicated parking spaces for school drop-off and pick-up at the back of the new Assisted Living apartments. There will also be a new zebra crossing near the bus stop on Island Way West to help parents with children using the dedicated parking spaces for ‘school drop-off’.

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Do any buildings on St. Mary's Island have flammable cladding?

After a full audit of the materials used by Countryside Maritime Limited in the build out of all previous phases (built by the JV) and all phases currently under construction at St Mary's Island, they have not made use of aluminium composite cladding on any of the properties.

On some of the newer builds there is some dark grey cladding which is thin concrete and not flammable. The material which looks like timber on some properties is believed it to be cementitious board, which is inert.

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