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Consultations

The Town Council has received notification from Kent County Council that they have been approached with a request to site a telecoms mast on part of the St Saviours C of E Primary School playing field. This will require Kent County Council to enter into a lease with the operators granting them rights to site the mast on the school's playing field. In accordance with s77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 the lease to the operator is deemed to be a disposal of playing field, therefore Kent County Council seeks a decision from the Secretary of State for Education and wishes to consult with local residents and anyone with an interest in this proposal.

The consultation is open from 18th November 2022 until 30th December 2022. Any person or organisation wishing to make written representations in relation to the request by the operators to lease this playing field can do so via the Kent County Council website - https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/st-saviours-s77 or by post marked for the attention of David Easthope, Kent County Council, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ. Please ensure that all responses reach Kent County Council by 30th December 2022.

CONSULTATION OPPORTUNITIES

Since the Localism Act 2011 was passed we have a clearer more democratic and effective system of government.  The legal requirement for consultation with the public allows people to voice their ideas and their concerns on government plans, most significantly those which have a direct impact on their daily lives.

Westgate-on-Sea Town Council recognises the process of consultation requires more support and we are looking at effective ways to achieve this, for the moment all relevant consultations are advertised on our website and Facebook page.

To take part in Consultations at Thanet District Council please register at:

www.thanetcouncilplan.inconsult.uk

It is now 10 years since the Localism Act 2011 came into force, yet many communities nationwide are not taking advantage of the law that enables people to comment on future legislation.  Social media is not the platform for effective sharing of ideas on changes made by Government, changes which are all consulted on need to be responded to via the official means of communication.

The Town Council has now received the Thanet District Council Notification of Compliance for documents submitted relating to the Westgate Neighbourhood Plan.  The Regulation 16 Consultation conducted by Thanet District Council will run from Thursday 15th September to Thursday 27th October 2022.  The submission documents can be found on our website here - https://www.westgateonsea.gov.uk/community/westgate-on-sea-town-council-13327/neighbourhood-plan/

Once this Regulation 16 Consultation opportunity is completed there will then be an Examiner appointed and depending on the length and outcome of the Examination it is hoped that the Westgate Neighbourhood Plan will go to Referendum next year in 2023.

It has never been more important for communities to work together than now, the Town Council recognises that it has a key role to play to support, nurture and encourage engagement opportunities and is determined to seek consultation with the residents and local community as much as possible this coming year.  There will be various consultations conducted throughout the year, we will be using different mediums for this including our Town Council magazine, our Town Council website and the Annual Town Meeting this year on 4th April.  We would urge you to get involved and take the opportunity to have your say, if you have any ideas or feedback in the meantime please contact me via email – Gill Gray (Town Clerk) – [email protected]

This year the Town Council has scheduled further consultation opportunities for the community in order to hear your views on how you would like to see changes and improvements to community facilities, our local services, and the environment of Westgate-on-Sea.  In order to do this, it is vital all residents take part in the consultation, without your input the Town Council is unable to fully understand the needs of the community it represents.  Visitors describe our town as friendly; we have a unique and beautiful environment, and we all need to play our part in maintaining and improving the town for both residents and all those who visit us throughout the year.