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Town council review for Sheerness

Monday 11 December

Councillors to discuss plans for new town council for Sheerness

Councillors are being asked to approve plans that could lead to a new town council being set up in Sheerness.

A 635-signature petition was handed to Swale council in the summer, asking for a Community Governance Review for the town – the first step towards setting up a new town council.

On 13 December, councillors will be asked to approve plans to carry out the review, which will ask local people if they support a new town council being set up.

Swale currently has two town councils, Queenborough and Faversham, as well as 33 parish councils.

The role of town councils varies, but they are typically responsible for looking after certain local facilities such as allotments, bus shelters, parks, playgrounds and public toilets.

This is paid for through an additional charge on residents’ council tax bill called a precept. As an example Queenborough Town Council charges an £83.54 annual precept, and Faversham Town Council charges £53.06.

If approved, a consultation with affected households and interested parties will take place in the New Year. This will inform a report on whether to go ahead with setting up the town council, and if this is approved, a further consultation will take place about what it would look like.

 

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