Thanet council restructure due to be discussed

Thanet council members will be discussing a “significant restructure” at a meeting next week.

Members of the council’s General Purposes Committee are due to examine the authority’s corporate structure.

But this part of the meeting will be held in private and agenda papers for it are not available for the public.

The Isle of Thanet News revealed earlier this month that Thanet council’s Director of Community Services, Rob Kenyon, had taken voluntary redundancy from his role.

He had been in post for less than two years.

Thanet council is due to restructure following the failed East Kent councils merger bid. The authority has to save £2million per year.

Mr Kenyon was responsible for economic development, regeneration, heritage, planning, building control, enforcement, housing, licensing, tourism, leisure, events, museums, community safety.

The former pilot received £90,381, cash benefits £4,000, pension £12,441, equalling £106,822, for the April 2016-March 2017 financial year.

In a statement Thanet council said: “As the East Kent merger did not materialise, the council needs to save an additional £2million per annum and Rob appreciates that delivering further efficiency savings will require significant restructuring.”

The corporate restructure could mean more changes to the top management team at TDC.

Currently there are four members of the corporate management team; Chief Executive Madeline Homer (above); Director of operational services, Gavin Waite; Director of corporate governance, Tim Howes and Director of corporate resources, Tim Willis.

Overall TDC employs around 700 people.

The last major restructure was in 2014 when Sue McGonigal was chief executive. She quit in January 2015 following a six-month absence during an investigation into a planning application.

Mrs McGonigal (above) was cleared of any wrongdoing but decided to resign from the post. She received a £82,500 “loss of office” pay off. The compensation was not agreed and paid until the 2016 financial year. She was replaced by Madeline Homer.

Prior to that was the restructure in 2011 where Richard Samuels left the post of chief executive with a ‘golden handshake’ said to be in the region of £200,000 and handed the reins to Dr McGonigal.

The governance meeting takes place on Friday, October 20 at 3pm.

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