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Plans for town council to be discussed

Wednesday 14 March

Sheerness town council could be a step closer

Councillors are being asked to approve plans to set up a new town council for Sheerness next week.

If approved, Swale Borough Council will consult residents of the town on a number of draft recommendations that would formally create the town council.

The recommendations have been drawn up following an earlier consultation which asked residents’ views on whether a new town council should be set up.

Consultation material was sent to 8,982 properties in Sheerness, which led to 1,978 responses.

Of these, 1,406 were in favour of setting up a town council, 569 were against. The remainder had either failed to make a clear choice, or voted yes but their comments implied no – i.e. they supported a town council, but don’t wish to pay the additional precept.

The first consultation was triggered after a 635-signature petition was submitted by residents requesting the council carry out a community governance review – the first step towards setting up a new town council.

Information about the consultation was posted to residents in the affected areas asking them their views, and information sessions were held at Sheerness Gateway.

If approved, the consultation would run during April and May, the results of which would be reported back to council in June.

For more information about the review visit our Sheerness Community Governance Review page.

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