Friday, 16 April 2010

IMPORTANT Asset Management meeting date change

** High Priority **
ASSET MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION - Extraordinary meeting of Cabinet re-scheduled to Thursday 20 May 2010.

I am writing to advise you that the extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21 April has now been postponed until Thursday 20 May, because of the general election.

Please note this meeting will begin at 2pm and is being held at the Council Chamber in Thanet District Council, Cecil Street, Margate.

Where people had already been confirmed as speakers on particular sites, we have contacted them directly to see if they can attend on the new date instead. We have confirmed details with these people either by phone or e-mail. Hard copy letters are also being sent out to all of those who responded to this consultation by letter.

This 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 will be giving their views on the properties put forward for disposal by the council. This round of asset management featured a total of 12 sites.

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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