Councillor Ashbee, presented her report to Council, covering the
following key points:
Members were asked to take a moment to think about
those suffering in Ukraine. The Council stood in solidarity with
the Ukrainian people and was committed to playing its part in
supporting refugee families.
The final Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone initiative,
Seafront Place Making, had reached its final year, and would
explore what Ramsgate meant to the local community.
The Government had approved the establishment of the
Margate Creative Land Trust that would support and grow creative
practices for the local community.
The first community tree planting event took place
at Jackey Bakers, Ramsgate as part of the Queen’s Green
Lord Deben visited the King George Memorial Park in
Garlinge as part of a national tour to see what different parts of
the Country were doing to meet ambitious climate goals.
Thanet was leading the way on business and resident
digital communications, including:
The Green Tourism Tool Kit helped businesses with
ideas to become more environmentally friendly.
The Online Waste Portal would allow residents to
access real time information about bin collections and allow
residents to report issues.
The Open Portal was a new and secure online portal
that enabled residents and businesses to manage their council tax
and business rates accounts, housing benefit claims, payment
history and other services, all in one place.
The fourth edition of Action Against Litter had been
published and gave details of the three day, district wide, spring
clean event that would take place during the first week of
April. Thanks were offered to the litter picking volunteers
for their efforts throughout the year.
A ‘How to Become a Councillor’ event
would be held to offer information to anyone thinking of becoming a
District Councillor in the future.
Residents of Margate would have received
correspondence about Margate’s bid to have a town
council. If the petition to form a town council received
enough signatures, a community governance review would be
Everitt as Leader of the Labour Group made the following points in
response to the Leader’s report:
It was hoped that bureaucracy would not obstruct
residents in Thanet from supporting Ukrainian refugees.
The ‘How to Become a Councillor’ event
was fully supported. There was a need to reach
underrepresented groups, such as younger residents and people
living in social housing. The low basic Councillor allowance
could be one of the factors that stopped people from relatively
deprived backgrounds, and young people, from becoming a District
Members could encourage others, from all
backgrounds, to become Councillors by being visible in their wards,
showing that they could make difference, and by being honest about
the difficult decisions the Council had to make regardless of who
was in control.
success of the Margate Creative Land Trust, the tree planting at
Jackey Bakers, and the upcoming litter picking events, were all
It was a challenge to maintain the streets and open
spaces throughout the year, the littering culture must be
The real test of the new digital waste system would
be if improvements were seen in how quickly the Council reacted
when notified of a problem.
If Margate residents supported the creation of a
town council, the area would benefit from more autonomy and the
ability to deliver hyper local initiatives, however there would be
a Council Tax charge for this. Residents of Margate could
look at the good example set by Ramsgate Town
The Leader replied
to Councillor Everitt’s comments with the following
There needed to be more young
Councillors. The basic Councillor allowance was an issue, a
small amount of budget would be put aside for the next couple of
years to allow the basic allowance to be increased a bit in the
Piper as Leader of the Thanet Independent Group made the following
points in response to the Leader’s report:
Could the Council make a clear statement regarding
the gas and electrical safety checks and any other checks required
by the Council, for residents who wished to become sponsors for
those travelling from Ukraine?
Jackey Bakers tree planting event was good and was well
supported. Ramsgate Town Council were looking to plant more
trees, could there be a meeting to discuss the continuation of the
avenue of trees around the Jackey Bakers field?
online waste portal would be good in the end, however some
residents in Buxton Road and Hyberry Gardens had gone six weeks
without a proper collection. Could this be
Thanet Independent Group have done their best to support the
‘How to Become a Councillor’ event on social media, and
hoped it would be a successful evening.
The Leader replied
to Councillor Rev. Piper’s comments with the following
Council had a dedicated webpage relating to the Ukraine crisis, the
page contained lots of useful information and would be updated to
include the checks and procedures for households wishing to take in
Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Special Projects
would meet with Councillor Piper to discuss the planting of trees
at Jackey Bakers.
often the case that there were teething issues when a new system
was introduced, however once these issues were resolved the online
waste portal would allow the Council to provide a better service
than it had provided in the past.
Councillor Garner as
Leader of the Green Party made the following points in response to
the Leader’s report:
It was a welcome sight to see the Ukrainian flag
flying over the Council Offices to demonstrate the Council’s
solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and it was heartening to see
the donations of Thanet’s residents that would go to help the
The recent tree planting events have been good to
see, thanks were offered to the officers who had ensured that as
many trees as possible were planted.
The existing trees must also be protected, Members
sitting on the Climate Emergency Cabinet Advisory Group received a
stark update on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change, about the urgency for action to meet the pledge
to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The King George V park works had reduced the risk of
surface flooding, however more work may be required if thousands
more houses were built in the Westgate and Garlinge
The digital technology projects were good, it was
important that the Council made more information readily available
to residents online, however residents who did not use computers
should not be put at a disadvantage.
As many people as possible should attend the
‘How to Become a Councillor Event’. There was a
need for more people who wanted to participate in local democracy
to get involved, as it was the best way to effect positive change
across the community.
The Great British Spring Clean was an example of how
residents come together to clean their neighbourhood. There
were a number of litter picks planned for the next few
The Leader replied
to Councillor Garner’s comments noting that:
It was important to look after the trees that had
been planted, in order to pass them on to the next
The landscaping at the George V Park was a vast
improvement to what was there before. There were plans for
similar projects at two more sites within the District.
Members noted the