Councillor Ashbee, presented her report to Council, covering the
following key points:
Members were thanked for unanimously approving the
A new marine licence for berths four and five at the
Port of Ramsgate was submitted on 28 January 2022.
The Interreg Experience
Development programme, in partnership with Visit Kent, had brought
17 new tourism experiences to the District.
The Ramsgate Future Town Investment Plan was
published on 20 January 2022. Members were encouraged to
watch the excellent explanatory videos available on the
Council’s website to get more information.
The Council had partnered with Totally Local as part
of the Welcome Back Funding for highstreets, this encouraged
business owners to work together and support post Covid 19 recovery.
Network Rail had published updates on the Thanet
Parkway Station, passenger services were planned to be introduced
in May 2023.
The Margate Town Deal would hold a public pop up
exhibition at the Turner Contemporary on 26 February
The application to plant tree saplings in
Northdown Park had been approved.
A biodiversity strategy would be developed for the District that
would include the protocol to gain permission for projects on
The Great British Spring Clean was running from 25
March to 10 April 2022. The Council would be supporting the
local groups who wished to take part.
The severe weather emergency protocol was activated
on 18 February 2022 in response to storm Eunice. RISE
officers were proactive in offering shelter to rough sleepers
during the period of adverse weather.
Mr Baker, the Independent Monitoring Officer,
attended the General Purposes Committee on 26 January 2022 to
provide an update on his progress. A summary of the update
was available on the Council’s website.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be
celebrated with an extensive programme of public events.
There was a new system called Event App, to allow organisers to
register any public event, and the fee for organising street
parties during the four day celebration period would be
Everitt as Leader of the Labour Group
made the following points in response to the Leader’s
It was good that Members voted unanimously in favour
of the budget, however it was disappointing that the two proposed
amendments were not agreed. It would remain to be seen how
robust the assumptions about costs within the budget turned out to
be, following the recent increases in cost of living and pressure
There was concern about the continued cost of berths
four and five at the Port of Ramsgate. Each passing month
imposed additional financial pressure on the Council, and
environmental cost on the community through the need for aggregate
to be imported by road instead of sea.
The launch of the Ramsgate Town Investment Plan, and
the opportunity for engagement around the Margate Town Deal, was
welcomed. Community involvement was key to the success of
Thanet Parkway Station would benefit the whole
The work of the Independent Monitoring Officer had
been impressive so far.
Thanks were offered to all staff involved in
clearing up following storm Eunice and catching up on missed bin
The Leader replied
to Councillor Everitt’s comments
with the following point:
There was a lot of concern about the
rises in the cost of living.
The Council should take a moment to think
about the people in Ukraine who were living in a dark time at the
Councillor Everitt’s concerns were shared regarding
berths four and five at the Port of Ramsgate.
The Independent Monitoring
Officer’s output would be interesting, the Council would take
any advice on board in order to move on.
Piper as Leader of the Thanet Independent Group made the following
points in response to the Leader’s report:
The Council recognised it’s duty to approve
the budget and duly thanked Councillor D Saunders and the finance
team for their work putting it together.
Had the prior approval planning application for
berths four and five been withdrawn?
A Ramsgate Town Councillor had requested that the
Overview and Scrutiny Panel review the arrangements for the
Ramsgate Future Town Investment Plan and the Welcome Back Funding
for highstreets, however now that the explanatory videos were
available this should answer many of the questions
The Thanet Independent Group believe that an
operational Parkway Station, the Port and a fully functioning
Airport would make the District truly open for business. The
Government needed to make a decision regarding the Development
Consent Order (DCO) for the former airport site.
It was hoped that the Great British Spring Clean
would continue to gain momentum, on behalf of the people of
Northwood Ward thanks were offered to the enthusiastic litter
The teams who responded to storm Eunice deserve our
It was good to see that the Independent Monitoring
Officer had hit the ground running, and how seriously the matter
was being taken.
It was good to hear about the Event App. Small
localised events would have more impact and bring more joy to the
communities than larger events.
The Leader replied
to Councillor Rev. Piper’s comments with the following
It was the old 2020 application for berths four and
five that had been withdrawn to allow the submission of the current
The explanatory video was excellent, it was an
umbrella over all the different activities going on within
Ramsgate. Compliments should go to the team that put the
Whichever way the DCO decision went regarding the
former airport site, it needed to take place soon to allow the
District to move on.
She would agree that compliments should go to the
refuse crews for their work during and following storm
The street parties to celebrate the Jubilee would be
a great boost for community spirit.
Councillor Garner as
Leader of the Green Party made the following points in response to
the Leader’s report:
It was good that the budget was passed and thanks
should go to Councillor D Saunders, Mr Blundell and his team
for their hard work, although it was a shame that the two
amendments were not approved.
He was pleased to note the new visitor
It was good to hear about the investment projects in
Margate and Ramsgate.
As many people as possible should attend and
participate in the Margate Town Deal Pop Up event on 26 February
2022. Hopefully this would be the first of many opportunities
for residents to ask questions and help shape the
The Green Group had consistently opposed the
building of the Parkway station due to the loss of mature trees and
associated habitat, the resultant impact of increased traffic, and
the rising cost of the project. Was the Council still
expected to contribute £2,000,000 towards the project or had
this been reduced following access to other sources of
It was good that the sapling planting in
Northdown Park has been able to go
ahead. Was there an update on the proposed planting in the
King George VI Memorial Park?
News of The Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring
Clean was welcome, and he looked forward to the report of the
Overview and Scrutiny Panel’s Coastal Waste Scrutiny Review
Working Party. Thanks were offered to all of the voluntary
groups that help to keep the District beautiful.
Thanks were offered to the RISE team who supported
rough sleepers during the storm. The storm also damaged a
number of trees, and thanks should go to the open spaces team who
cleared away the debris as sympathetically as possible.
It was good that the Independent Monitoring Officer
had started work, there was a lot to be done to improve the
governance. Members should take responsibility to ensure that
in future the governance compared favourably with other
The Leader replied
to Councillor Garner’s comments noting that:
Every effort was being made to add to the
Council’s housing stock.
The leader would enquire and get back to Councillor
Garner about whether the Council’s contribution to the
Parkway Station had reduced from the original figure of
The Leader would ask the relevant Cabinet Member to
get back to Councillor Garner regarding an update on the proposal
to plant saplings in the King George VI Memorial Park.
Members noted the