Friday, 9 December 2011


Thanet District Council’s new leader, Cllr. Clive Hart, has named his new Cabinet and has spoken about his aims for the council.

Cllr. Hart was elected at a full meeting of Council last night (Thursday 8 December), after a Notice of Motion was passed to remove the previous Leader, Cllr. Bob Bayford, from the position.

Cllr. Hart said: “I’d like to thank Cllr. Bayford for all his hard work and service as the Leader of the Council. He’s exceptionally well respected and there was nothing personal in this. Although the change has literally happened overnight, I will be working with my colleagues to ensure as much continuity as possible between the two administrations. As we move forward, I hope we can become a more listening council and I’ll be striving for genuine consultation where it’s needed. I want the council to be as transparent as possible in the decisions it takes and I can assure residents that I’ll be pushing to minimise cuts to our funding.”

Cllr. Alan Poole is the council’s new Deputy Leader. The other members of Cabinet are as follows:

Cabinet Member (Labour)
Cllr. Clive Hart
Economic Development and Regeneration (which also includes the Port of Ramsgate, harbours, strategic planning and Dreamland)
Cllr. Iris Johnston
Community Services (which includes housing need and homelessness, private sector housing, housing intervention, the Margate Task Force, licensing and land charges, community safety, parking, sport, art, museums, the Thanet Coast Project, indoor and outdoor leisure, play services and events)
Cllr. Alan Poole
Environmental Services (which includes waste and recycling, street cleaning, public toilets, environmental health, coastal protection, parks, allotments, building control, general estate management, crematorium and cemeteries, asset management, planning applications, planning enforcement and conservation)
Cllr. Rick Everitt
Performance (which includes financial services, governance and risk, legal services, democratic services, contract management and corporate information and communications)
Cllr. Michelle Fenner
Partnerships and Tourism (which includes shared services, such as East Kent Housing, human resources, East Kent Audit, customer services, revenues and benefits and IT services) 

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