Minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 2017 at 7.00 pm in Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.





Councillor Christopher T Wells (Chairman); Councillors L Fairbrass, Brimm, Crow-Brown, Stummer-Schmertzing and Townend


In Attendance:

Councillors: Bayford, Game, I Gregory, K Gregory, Taylor-Smith, Campbell, Connor, Jaye-Jones, Rusiecki, D Saunders and M Saunders




428.       Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies received at the meeting.




429.       Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.




430.       Minutes of Previous Meeting


Councillor Brimm proposed, Councillor Lin Fairbrass seconded and Members agreed the minutes as a correct record of the meeting held on 27 April 2017.




431.       Future Options for the Council's Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) service


Cabinet considered proposals for upgrading the current CCTV system. The meeting was advised that some of the equipment that was part of the system had become obsolete and was no longer supported by the manufacturers. Four options were considered and Members agreed the need for an upgrade.


The following Members spoke under Council Procedure Rule 20.1.


Councillor Campbell;

Councillor K. Gregory;

Councillor Games.


Councillor Brimm proposed, Councillor Townend seconded and Members agreed Option 4 which was summarised as follows:


“To go into a partnership with BT for them to be responsible for all camera upgrades including equipment and network, maintenance and transmission costs. Canterbury City Council to monitor our cameras in their control centre at Canterbury.”




432.       Representation on Executive Appointed Outside Bodies for 2017/18


Members considered the proposed list of nominations for appointment on Outside Bodies for 2017/18.


Councillor Wells proposed, Councillor Lin Fairbrass seconded and Cabinet agreed the list of nominations to the Executive-related outside bodies as detailed below:


Agreed list of Executive Outside Bodies for the year 2017/18. (Nominations agreed by Cabinet)


Name Executive of Outside Body

No. of Reps


British Ports Association


Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing

British Resorts Association (AGM, Annual Conference and Executive Meetings)


Councillor Jonathan Curran

Community Safety Partnership


Councillor Lin Fairbrass

Domestic Violence Forum

1 +

1 sub

Councillor Janet Falcon

Councillor K Gregory (sub)

East Kent Opportunities Ltd


Councillor Chris Wells

East Kent Spatial Development Company


Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing

Kent Police and Crime Panel


Councillor Trevor Shonk

Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group


Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing

Local Government Association District Councils’ Network



Councillor Chris Wells

Local Government Association (General Assembly)


Councillor Chris Wells

Local Government Association Strategic Aviation Specialist Interest Group


Councillor Derek Crow-Brown

Margate Town Partnership


Councillor Mick Tomlinson

South East England Councils


Councillor Lin Fairbrass

Supporting People in Kent Commissioning Body


Councillor Lin Fairbrass

Thanet Harbour Users’ Groups

1 +

1 sub

Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing

Councillor L. Fairbrass (sub)

Thanet Quality Bus Partnership


Councillor Jennifer Matterface

Tourism South East


Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing

Your Leisure Thanet Sub Group


Councillor Suzanne Brimm

Councillor Lin Fairbrass




433.       Asset disposal programme 2017-18


Feedback comments from consultation with ward councillors regarding the disposal list that Cabinet had approved on 27 April 2017. Members were advised that no adverse comments had been received. Cabinet further considered a second list of proposed assets for disposal that was due to go out for ward Member consultation.


The following Members spoke under Council Procedure Rule 20.1:


Councillor Campbell

Councillor K. Gregory;

Councillor Bayford.


Councillor Townend proposed, Councillor Wells seconded and Cabinet agreed:


1.    To proceed with the disposal of assets listed in Annex 1 with sale proceeds being used to fund the asset management and capital programmes (those properties in part B are subject to ward member consultation);


2.    To proceed with the transfer of assets listed in Annex 2 to Parish & Town Councils and eligible Community Groups to ensure their continued use for the benefit of the community (those properties in part B are subject to ward member consultation);


3.    To agree to further investigations being undertaken in respect of further properties to be listed and brought forward for disposal in the future.




434.       Exclusion of public and press


Councillor Townend proposed, Councillor Crow-Brown seconded and Cabinet agreed that the public and press be excluded from the meeting for Annex 1 to the report at agenda item 8 as it contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


The public gallery was cleared.




435.       Improvements in housing benefit / council tax support verification process


Proposals for improvements on how the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims were assessed by Council through East Kent Services were presented to Cabinet. It was reported that the new system would be quicker, cheaper and had been trialled successfully in another district council.


Councillor Game and Councillor Campbell spoke under Council Procedure Rule 20.1.


Councillor Townend proposed, Councillor Lin Fairbrass seconded and Cabinet approved the implementation of a Risk Based Verification policy for new claims to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.






Meeting concluded: 7.26 pm