Still a chance to have your say on £25m Margate Town Deal

Margate Town Deals investment themes

Almost 200 people attended drop in sessions last weekend and Monday to learn more about the Margate Town Deal.

Margate was one of 101 places given the opportunity last year to bid for funding of up to £25 million as part of the government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund. The fund aims to support urban regeneration, skills development and improved connectivity by giving each place its own Town Deal.

The money is not guaranteed and the first stage of the Town Deal is to have a Town Investment Plan. This must be ready by the end of October. The plan will set out priorities for Margate’s future, summarise investments already known to be taking place in the town as well as proposing new projects which have been submitted by the community and could be funded by the Town Deal.

The Town Deal Board has recruited community engagement specialists, Pleydell Smithyman Limited,  to ensure there are a range of ways that people can get involved.

Feedback received will be reviewed, coded and analysed to help inform the Town Investment Plan which independent regeneration consultants, PRD, will be developing. This Town Investment Plan will form the basis of the Margate Town Deal.

People can still make comment online until tomorrow (Sunday, September 20).

Questionnaires are for:

Local person 

Local person aged between 16 and 24

Local business

A representative of a third sector organisation or charity 

A digital coffee morning will also take place at 11am on Tuesday (September 22). Book a slot here.

Find more on the Margate Town Deal website FAQ section and see the information that was on display.

To apply for a place on the Margate Town Deal People’s Panel, complete this short form by tomorrow.

Anyone with enquiries relating to the community engagement can email [email protected]

8 Comments

  1. With up to £25 million in government funding, council should buy a broom to sweep Margate’s litter up. After various new departments are developed to assist Brainstorming with creativity ideas, new furniture in new modern designed office, fact finding tours around the world to see how others sweep up litter. After all costs and administration charges there might just might be enough money left over to buy another broom and dust pan. No money for sweepers wages so that will need to be voluntary or community service order.

    • Brilliant you’ve summed it in one cant even get my bin emptied most weeks the brown bin is classed as ornament send driver up the road to admire it before he drives off leaving it full most weeks but the Turner Centre is bringing in millions of people but every time I drive past the car parks empty the only part half full is the cafe taking money away from other businesses and costing the MARGATE tax payer a fortune in community charges let’s see how the council can waste this money

  2. The Town Deal team should publish all applications submitted online, including the ones that they deem unsuccessful so far. This would give the public a clear idea of what is going on, and would help groups who have not been successful band together where possible on projects in the future. There should also be feedback on why groups were not successful. There feels to be a lack of transparency at the moment. The public are invited to provide feedback, while some decisions to reject applications have already been made. It’s said this is because they don’t meet the government’s criteria, but some feel this is not entirely correct. It feels like some sort of tick box exercise to placate the public, while decisions have already been made. I hope I am proved wrong and hope this is an issue Isle of Thanet News will explore.

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