It is often mentioned as one of the stumbling blocks to any airport being built in the Thames Estuary, and this week the SS Richard Montgomery will make a reappearance on the political agenda.
A public meeting on the wreck is being held at the St George’s Centre in Chatham Maritime on Thursday (September 27) at 7pm.
It will be chaired by historian and film maker Colin Harvey, and there will be a panel of guests who will take part in a discussion about the vessel.
Among the issues they will consider are the potential disposal of the wreck, who would pay for it and whether the US government should be approached.
We know the consequences of the ship’s thousands of pounds of munitions exploding would be catastrophic, but the meeting might reveal some new information.
Cuts in funding from government put the council in a very difficult position when it comes to balancing the books.
A report this week lays out one of the hard choices the administration might have to make in the near future.
A rise in council tax of 4% in 2013/14 needs to be given “serious consideration” according to a report for a business committee meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).
Call off the search party.
Rehman Chishti has proven notoriously hard to get hold of in my time at the paper, but it appears his media operation is being ramped up.
Barry Watts, who used to be the political assistant to the council’s Conservative group, is now working for the Gillingham and Rainham MP.
And since that change my inbox has been bombarded with press releases keeping me fully abreast of what Reh’s getting up to.
I’m half expecting a release about what he’s had for breakfast to come through next.