Monday, 12 April 2010


An upcoming meeting of Thanet District Council's Cabinet to hear local people's views on the latest round of asset disposals has been postponed until May, because of the general election.

Letters are being sent out to all those who gave their views during the consultation, who had been invited to the original meeting on Wednesday 21 April. They are being advised of the change of date to Thursday 20 May. Where people had already been confirmed as speakers on particular sites, they are being contacted to see if they can attend on the new date instead.

The Cabinet meeting is the final part of the asset management process, following the consultation which ran from early September to late October in 2009. As part of the process, up to three people who took part in the original consultation can give their views on the properties put forward for disposal by the council. This round of asset management featured a total of 12 sites, including:

land and buildings to the south of Hartsdown Sports Centre, Hartsdown Park, Margate (excluding the leisure centre)
the front strip of land to the Palm Bay recreation ground at Palm Bay Avenue
the Staffordshire Street car park (with public parking retained) in Ramsgate

Chief Executive Richard Samuel said: "We recognise that this is a really important issue for local people and that they want to give their views on these various sites to Cabinet. Obviously we don't want anything else to overshadow that part of the consultation process, which is exceptionally important to us. The General Election has now been announced as taking place on Thursday 6 May, only two weeks after this meeting. It's natural that there will be a lot of focus on the General Election and we don't want that to detract from the asset management process. That's why we've taken the decision to move the date of this meeting back and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to local people as a result. The process is still going ahead as planned, with the meeting just taking place a few weeks later than originally planned."

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