Friday, 6 August 2010


Plans to create a new Margate Task Force, to help tackle a range of issues in the town, have been agreed by Thanet District Council.

The council’s Cabinet were updated last night (Thursday 5 August) on progress with creating the new team, which aims to bring together people from a range of different organisations, including the police, Thanet District Council, Kent County Council, health, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, probation and JobCentre Plus. The team will focus on community safety, housing enforcement, improving people’s health and wellbeing, skills and employment.

Although the team will mainly be using people in existing jobs, there is also funding from Kent County Council of £500,000, which it’s proposed will be used on establishing a new Housing Enforcement Team.

Cllr. Chris Wells, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Housing enforcement is going to be a key part of regenerating Margate and the Task Force’s work will be of increasing importance in the coming months. The statistics in this report make stark reading and identify clearly the issues which need immediate attention. One figure about life expectancy in the area being 17 years lower than the best in Kent has already been widely publicised. In today’s society, to still have differences like that is appalling. We need and will do whatever we can do to change them.”

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