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Welcome to the website for Hoo Parish Council and the villages of Hoo and Chattenden.

Hoo Parish Council is a coastal civil parish on the Hoo Peninsula, located near the historic city of Rochester in Kent.  We represent and serve the communities and villages of Hoo and Chattenden.  The Hoo Peninsula is flanked by the River Thames to the North and the River Medway to the South and is home to internationally and nationally protected wildlife sites including, most famously, Lodge Hill SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), known for its Nightingale population.  Hoo and Chattenden are neighboured by High Halstow to the North, Stoke to the East, Upnor to the South and Wainscott to the West.  We are a rural community with strong connections to farming, equestrian, ornithology and fishing.  

Our website is regularly updated so please keep visiting.  

Local and parish elections 2023

On Thursday 4 May 2023, elections are being held for all Medway Council seats in all of the wards and the 11 parish councils.  

Information briefings for prospective candidates

Prospective candidates for the local or parish council elections are invited to attend information briefings by the Returning Officer and his staff as follows:

  • Friday 20 January 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective parish council candidates only
  • Monday 23 January 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective local election candidates only
  • Thursday 2 February 2023 at 6.30pm at Gun Wharf - for prospective local election candidates only.

It would be helpful to know in advance if you are intending to come and on which date. Let us know by emailing

Read about the role of councillors, including a guide on improving access to elected office for disabled people.

More about decision-making at Medway Council and councillors in Medway.

Nomination papers, guidance and important dates for candidates

If you are interested in standing as a candidate in any of these elections, you can find the relevant nomination papers and guidance from the returning officer below:

Election timetable

Here are some key dates in the statutory timetable for the elections:

  • Publication of the Notices of Election that start the formal election period Monday 27 March 2023
  • Start of period for delivery of nomination papers between 9am and 6pm daily (except weekends and bank    holidays) From Tuesday 28 March
  • Last date for the delivery of nomination papers4pm on Tuesday 4 April
  • List of candidates standing in any contested parish elections will be published on Tuesday 4 April
  • List of candidates standing in the local election will be published on Wednesday 5 April
  • Last date for receipt of applications to register in time to vote in the elections Monday 17 April
  • Last date for receipt of new applications for a postal vote (or to amend an existing postal vote) for the elections5pm on Tuesday 18 April
  • Last date for receipt of applications to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf5pm on Tuesday 25 April

All electors in the 2023 register of electors will be eligible to vote in the local and any contested parish elections, except for any electors registered as overseas electors.

Existing electors do not need to re-register for these elections.

To check if you are already registered, please email

Voter ID

To vote in this election and any further elections, you must bring accepted photo ID with you to the polling station. 

Find out more about voter ID.  


Medway Council is considering making a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to stop activities associated with motor vehicles that create excessive noise, nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk of harm to people or properties. The council is seeking views from residents, businesses and other key stakeholders to inform the decision making process for this this proposed PSPO and wants to hear your views about it.

The survey closes at midnight, Sunday 14 May 2023.

If you have any further questions please email Medway’s Community Safety Partnership: or call: 01634 331148.

Hoo Parish Council
Parish Clerk:  Mrs Sherrie Babington
Address:  4 Birkhall Close, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent, ME5 7QD
Telephone:  01634 868855

*Please contact Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and allow 5 working days to respond.