Wednesday 5th April, 2017
Plans to create a new single council for East Kent are to be put on hold following a vote by Shepway District Council not to proceed.
The four East Kent councils each considered the findings of an independent report, which explored replacing the existing four local authorities with a new single East Kent council.
A Business Case identified this approach could achieve substantial savings, make greater efficiencies and realise opportunities for strengthening the East Kent economy if it went ahead.
The case considered projected savings and future scenarios on the basis of a four-way collaboration, so could only progress to the next stage of public consultation if each council voted to proceed.
Speaking on behalf of the East Kent councils, Thanet District Council’s Leader, Cllr Chris Wells, said: “After the important decision made by councillors in Shepway, we now need to take this opportunity to take stock and work hard to find a way forward together.”
“The levels of savings we each need to achieve have been widely documented, and that position remains the same. We now need to identify a suitable way forward to ensure we’re in the best possible position for the future of East Kent.
Following the result, the councils will now each take time to consider the alternative future options.