Have Your Say!

The Arches ‘Chatham’ Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) is a group made up of local residents and business owners from our community that together are preparing our Neighbourhood Plan to positively shape the future of our designated area within Central Chatham. Click here for our boundary:


We’ve created this survey as a way of giving the community inside and outside of the ACNF an opportunity to feed into the process in a noncommittal fashion.


To keep up to date and to get involved with our Neighbourhood Planning journey please visit or contact:



Arches Local launch digital tree trail walk through Luton Millennium Green

Using the ticl.me app, our friends at the community group Arches Local have put together a digital tree trail walk through the Luton Millennium Green and beyond!

Along the digital tree trail, Arches Local has marked the many different species of trees in the Green, other fauna, as well as local points of interest for passersby to take a look at.

The new digital tree trail is the perfect companion for your next walk through Luton Millennium Green, and more points will be added to the map over time.

Refurbishment and extension of empty Russell House given the go-ahead

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A former housing shelter for elderly people will be refurbished and extended to become a foyer for vulnerable young people after plans were recently approved by Medway Council.

MHS Homes put forward a planning application seeking permission to build two additional one-bed living units and to remodel the frontage of the empty Russell House to include a covered walkway and glazed communal rooms for the young residents.

The refurbishment work will also see new fencing installed along the perimeter of the site, soft landscaping features and a gated stairwell leading up to Magpie Hall Road.

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Our first Annual General Meeting

ACNF inaugural AGM

On Monday 21st October, the Arches ‘Chatham’ Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) held their inaugural Annual General Meeting at Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham.

It was fantastic to see so many members of our community (residents, businesses, elected officials and council officers) engaged in planning for our shared future.  We filled all of our officer roles for the Management Committee, voted in our constitution and forum members show interested in being involved in our working groups.  The forum also agreed that we should start with two working groups, working group 1 is expecting to cover the environment and public realm, whereas working group 2 will on the local economy, housing and wellbeing.

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