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Cllrs discuss £5m investment through one-off funds at council's last cabinet meeting

Published Thursday 14 April, 2022
Last updated on Thursday 14 April, 2022

Swale Borough Council held its final cabinet meeting last night on Wednesday 13 April.

The council is making the transition to a committee system where cross-party committees will make the decisions currently reserved for cabinet.

At the final cabinet meeting, Council Leader, Cllr Roger Truelove, highlighted the policy direction of the council over the past three years and stressed the importance for the same purpose and delivery to continue into the future.

Cllr Truelove outlined the changes to the constitution, local plan review, creation of the Rainbow housing company, improvements to town centres and council properties such as Master’s House, Levelling Up bid for Sheerness, engagement with the voluntary sector and NHS, climate emergency and the improvements to heritage as areas that will need continued work and resources in years to come.

He also reported on the £5 million investment in Swale through the special projects, improvement and resilience and high streets one-off funds that provided local improvements and resilience during the pandemic.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader at the council, said:

“This £5 million investment falls outside the council’s main budget and is not funded by council tax.

“We used the dormant reserves that we believe should be used for the benefit of local communities.

“We’ve used the money to repair public buildings and install new facilities ranging from much-needed improvements to toilets to investment in the future of the planet and climate control including widespread tree planting.

“We’ve also invested in our open spaces, especially in parks and play areas.

“The three funds have supported community groups, public events, heritage, area committees, high streets and the borough’s vulnerable people.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve achieved through these imaginative programmes and hope such investment can continue.”

The election of a new Leader for the committee system era will take place on Wednesday, 27 April.