Villagers still awaiting answers

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2004 - 10:38 PM


The natives are becoming restless over the time taken for Shepway Council to answer the questions raised at the District Council meeting held in the village community centre in July.

The Parish council wrote to the district authority o­n 27 September after parishioners who were promised replies, had received nothing after more than two months of the meeting.

Democratic Services Manager at Shepway Council Martyn Harris described the delay as "regrettable".

In his letter to the Parish council he said: <FONT color=black>"The delay in progressing an Action Plan is regrettable. As you know, the Council's priorities have been focussing o­n reducing its Council Tax following capping and taking positive steps to protect its statutory services in the light of reductions in the Council's budget. Furthermore, the Council's Executive changes shortly after the meeting and this has inevitably delayed progress o­n a number of key issues.

"Progressing the Action Plan has also suffered as a consequence. However, I am pleased to be able to confirm that the first steps in the process have now been taken; the issues categorised and officers requested to make contact with those persons, including parish councillors, who took the trouble to attend the meeting and raise important issues. I hope it is not too long now before contact is made with them".

Mr Harris has promised to "speed things along" if people do not hear anything in the next few weeks, and has asked that the Parish Council keep him informed.

<FONT color=midnightblue>You may prefer to contact Mr Harris directly, if so, his direct dial number is 01303 852388,  eMail <FONT color=midnightblue> [1]<FONT color=midnightblue> or you can write to Martyn Harris, Democratic Services Manager, Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY