East Kent Councils
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 with the proposal
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.
The Business Case, developed by Local Partnerships, 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.
Following the result, the councils will now each take time to consider the alternative future options. Councillor David Monk, Leader of the Council, said:
"Following a full discussion Shepway District Council has voted against moving forward with the proposal to create a new council for East Kent. Our decision means that none of the councils involved can proceed with the idea.
We will need to take time to consider what implications that has for how we deliver services. Without any grant from central government significant savings will still be required. I have asked our officers to come forward with fresh proposals that will be put before Council."