During his report
the Leader covered the following areas:
Rattigan was welcomed to the Chamber and thanks were offered to
former Councillors Stevens and Constantine for their contribution
to the Council when in office.
- It had
been a long time since the last Leaders Report, there would be a
review of the timetable to see if the distribution of Council
meetings could be more evenly spread across the year.
failure of the QEQM Hospital stroke service judicial review had
left many people worried. There were also concerning reports
of maternal care failings at the hospital.
Brock had been stood down.
- On 17
February 2020 Cabinet formally agreed to bring the management of
the Councils’ housing stock in house. The transition
was expected to take 12 months and a Cabinet Advisory Board would
be established to monitor the transition.
Ramsgate Port and Harbour feasibility study had been published and
a three month stakeholder engagement exercise was now
Council had committed £2million to the Thanet Parkway Station
project along side significantly larger amounts from the South East
Local Enterprise Partnership and Kent County Council. The project
looked to get planning consent from Kent County Council in
Margate Town Deal Board would meet next week. A viable Town
Investment Plan would be required in order to access the
£25million Town Fund.
- The Thanet
Community Forest School successfully applied to the Urban Tree
would receive a report on the work underway in response to the
climate emergency declaration at its next meeting.
- The Leader
and Deputy Leader had received a guided tour of Hartsdown and Ramsgate Leisure Centres in
January. These facilities were successfully managed by Your
Leisure on behalf of the Council, despite the level of completion
in the fitness sector.
were offered to all Members for their cooperation in working for
the people of Thanet.
Councillor Game as
Leader of the Conservative Party responded with the following
- There was
a lot of concern about the future of the QEQM hospital and its
- A Cabinet
Advisory Board to review the East Kent Housing (EKH) transition was
good, and it was important to have regular communication with
Members briefing on the Port and Harbour feasibility study was well
attended and well presented.
- The Isle
of Thanet Tree and Woodland Initiative submitted the bid to the
Urban Tree Community Fund, and used the Thanet Community Forest
School as the lead name. Thanks were offered to Mr Evans and
Councillor Ashbee for their work on the bid. Over 300
volunteers had been involved planting trees and a special thank you
was offered to TDC Officer Mr Bowen for his support.
Conservative group would continue to work closely with the Leader
for the benefit of the people of Thanet.
Piper as leader of the Thanet Independents Party made the following
was extended to Councillor Rattigan and concern was expressed at
the resignation of former Councillor Stevens.
failure of the QEQM judicial review was disappointing but not
surprising. There was a need to persuade clinicians to take a
care at QEQM hospital needed urgent attention. The Council must
have a voice to urge proper care to be carried out.
- There were
allegations that money had been spent on safety checks that
were not carried out during EKH’s management of the
Council’s housing stock. These allegations should be
The Leader replied
to Councillor Reverend Piper’s comments with the following
the failure of EKH, people lost their jobs and the Board had been
Councillor Roper as
Leader the Green Party made the following points:
- Congratulations were offered to Councillor Rattigan.
about the QEQM hospital were shared, it was hoped that the recent
bad news would be used to help focus efforts.
- It was
disturbing that it had cost £18.4 million to keep the Manston
airport site prepared for Operation Brock.
about the Parkway Station had been raised from residents during the
recent Cliffsend and Pegwell by-election.
- TDC should
work with Stage Coach and KCC to ensure that the Parkway Station
has a suitable bus service.
- Consultation following the Port and Harbour feasibility study
should involve all stakeholders.
- Plans to
increase street cleaning staff were good as it would make the area
look more attractive to visitors.
- Congratulations were offered to the Isle of Thanet Tree and
Woodland Initiative, however more needed to be done to protect
existing trees within Thanet. The Council should also stop
using harmful weed killers.
Members were working well together for the people of
The Leader replied
to Councillor Roper’s comments noting that:
- £18.4 million was a lot of money, however it was good that
the Manston lorry park had not been put into use.
- Opinion in
Cliffsend and Pegwell was divided regarding the Parkway
Station. It was a big opportunity for the District as a
joined the meeting during consideration of this item.