Thursday, 24 December 2009


Thanet residents are needed, who are interested in having their say on things in the future and making a difference to council services.

Thanet District Council is now looking for residents from all walks of life to say what they think about the issues that affect them and about the local services they use to join the council’s new residents’ panel.

Community Matters, the council’s current residents’ panel, made up of around 1,000 residents, has given their views on a range of subjects over the last four years, including:
What they think of Thanet as a place to live
The major crime and anti-social behaviour issues in their neighbourhood
How much they recycle and how satisfied with they are with recycling
The state of the area’s beaches
The condition of housing in the area
How they want to be communicated with
The opportunities to get involved in helping to shape council decisions

Community Matters also helped to shape the council’s high-profile Thanet is Beautiful campaign, which aimed to promote the beauty of the area and discourage people from dropping litter.

The new panel will run for a total of four years and people will be able to get involved in issues that particularly interest them.

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: “We’re always keen to hear what our residents think and want to get them involved in the decisions that we make. If you want to have your voice heard, then joining the Community Matters panel is a great way to do that. It gives you the chance to put your views forward on a variety of issues and, in the future, you’ll also be able to get involved in the things that really matter to you. If you’re interested in what happens in your local community, then I’d urge you to join Community Matters.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of Community Matters, you can send your details via e-mail to or write to Hannah Thorpe, Communications, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ.

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