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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:

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.

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, the Annual Town Meeting this year on 22nd April and hopefully face to face meeting opportunities commencing in the summer (Covid-19 regulations permitting).  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.

Consultation for Capital Projects WoSTC Consultation for Capital Projects WoSTC

Thanet Local Plan Review - Call for Sites - 10am 25 March - 5pm 21 May 2021
The Council has launched a “call for sites” to inform options for future development and the provision of other facilities in Thanet as part of the update of its Local Plan (adopted in 2020), which extends the Plan period to 2040.
The Council is inviting site proposals for a range of uses:


Self/Custom Build Housing

Gypsy & Traveller site provision

Employment space

Retail provision

Nature conservation/biodiversity net gain offset sites

Open space/green infrastructure/Local Green Space
Please submit your site proposals on-line at:
Submitted sites will be assessed against a number of criteria, and there is a questionnaire that sets out the information that the Council will need to assess your site for the purpose proposed - their suitability, availability and viability. The questionnaire contains a map drawing tool for you to identify the site and a facility for you to upload any supporting documents. It is important that any sites subsequently allocated as part of the Local Plan update support the wider objectives of the Local Plan strategy and are capable of being delivered within an appropriate timescale. Site submissions that do not include responses to the questionnaire may not therefore be considered.
If you need to request a paper copy of the site submission form to return to us by post, please call 01843 577591 and return your completed form to us at Strategic Planning, Thanet District Council,Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ, or email us at [email protected] for a PDF of the form to return by email.
Yours faithfully
Date: 25/03/2021
Thanet District