Throughout the life of the Margate Town Deal, we want to engage with the community, stakeholders and local businesses.
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In 2020 the first phase of community and local engagement focused on developing a shared vision and understanding priorities for change. Responses to Margate Town Deal questionnaires, face to face and digital events were analysed as part of the evidence required in the development of the Margate Town Investment Plan. The information gathered through this engagement as well as statistical data about Margate’s residents, businesses and stakeholders was used to help define the Town Investment Plan and inform selection of projects.
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We are now in a second phase of engagement of the Margate Town Deal which aims to support the business case development stage in the Town Deal process until mid April 2022. It is important that the Board bring the community along with them on Margate’s Town Deal journey and help ‘make it Margate’.
The People’s Panel
The Panel, of around 65 members, was set up in October 2020 and worked with the Town Deal Board and project team to develop the Town Investment Plan which has provisionally secured up to £22.2 million of funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). We recently completed a process of increasing and refreshing the panel membership to support the next phase of the town deal.
The People’s Panel wanted a representative from the Margate Town Deal Board as their Chair. Eddie Kemsley was happy to take on the role and has the skill set and experience required. The Town Deal ratified the decision for Eddie to Chair the People’s Panel.
The Panel was set up in October 2020 and worked with the Town Deal Board and project team to develop the Town Investment Plan which has provisionally secured up to £22.2 million of funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The People’s Panel is not itself a decision making body, so the membership will not be made public. Its role is to help the Board understand public opinions and put forward ideas for consideration.
Joining the Panel
We are not currently looking to build the Panel numbers and are therefore closed to new applications. In any future call out, members of the public who apply will be selected at random to broadly represent the wider population. Anyone who lives or works in Margate could apply for the Panel with the exception of the following:
- Members of decision making / strategic team at Thanet District Council or Kent County Council;
- Political representative e.g. an MP, Councillor, Mayor or Charter Trustee;
- Senior official for a community group or organisation or Town Deal stakeholder (including those who have applied for funding from the Town Deal).
To ensure the panel is representative, the online application form asks for demographic details and applications are anonymised. During any application process and a random sample will be selected on the basis of the Margate’s demographic profile. This is to ensure that the panel reflects the community.Permalink
What is a People’s Panel?
A People’s Panel is an innovative democratic tool used all over the world. It brings together a randomly selected group of people who broadly represent the wider population. Those who attend learn about important issues, discuss them with one another and then put forward ideas about what should happen and how things could change. People’s Panels are used by statutory agencies to identify local priorities and to engage people on specific issues.Permalink
Why does the Margate Town Deal need a People’s Panel?
In terms of the role of the panel, one way to think about it is “making it Margate”. Alongside a wider programme of community engagement, panel members will help to ensure the drivers for change and evidence of need reflect the perspectives of local people. The proposals for the Town Investment Plan will draw on learnings from other towns and cities from around the globe, but there is no place like Margate so working with the panel will enable the Town Deal Board to ensure it is “making it Margate.” The panel’s purpose is to be a ‘critical friend’ and ensure that the evidence collected informs the Board and helps it make decisions that reflect the Margate you live and work in.
The People’s Panel is not itself a decision making body, so the membership will not be made public. Its role is to help the Board understand public opinions and put forward ideas for considerationPermalink
Margate Town Deal People’s Panel Terms of Engagement
This document outlines the expected behaviour of members of the Margate Town Deal People’s Panel. It applies to all members of the People’s Panel, in all activities related to the work of the Panel and the wider Margate Town Deal, both on and offline. Continued participation in the Panel is contingent on meeting the expectations laid out in this document.
Your Role as Panel Member
The Margate Town Deal People’s Panel is a mechanism for the Margate Town Deal Board to engage with local people and benefit from your knowledge, ideas and issues to inform decision making. The People’s Panel will last the length of the Town Deal (around 5 years) and your involvement is likely to include taking part in events, meetings and completing questionnaires. You can be a member of the panel for as long as you wish but you can also leave at any time. It is vital that members of the Panel Play an active role, and meet a minimum contribution in terms of input, in order to retain their place on the panel. Therefore if you do not participate in three consecutive activities (without asking to be excused) you will be asked to leave the panel.Permalink
Communication and Information Sharing
The membership of the People’s Panel will not be made public. You can let people know you are a member should you so wish and the topics that the panel is discussing and debating. A standing agenda item for all panel meetings will be communications which will clarify, in the unlikely event, if there is any information you cannot share publicly. Membership of the panel will be revoked if a member publicly shares any information they have been instructed not to share.Permalink
All Margate Town Deal People’s Panel members will:
Respect each other
Panel members may not always agree and may have differences in opinion, but members will always listen to and value each other’s ideas, viewpoints, ideas and concerns. In all interactions and communications panel members will be respectful and create a shared space to debate and consider the merits of different opinions. Discussion should be constructive, positive and seek to build consensus, with panel members taking the time to listen to and consider all opinions equally
Speak Honestly and Openly but Courteously
There will be times when panel members disagree and have differences of opinion. Members must be able to speak honestly and openly when discussing the Margate Town Deal. It is important that these conversations are respectful, with panel members being empowered to say what they think in the knowledge that they will be listened to. This honesty extends to declaring potential conflicts of interest. All panel members must complete a Register of Interests. If your interests change or if you become aware of any other conflicts of interest you must inform the Margate Town Deal Board in writing.
Appreciate a Wide Range of Perspectives
Every panel member will have a different perspective, different ideas and different concerns. Discussions are not about winning an argument but about exploring ideas to make the Margate Town Deal better. Members should trust each other and listen to all ideas, comments and concerns that come from other members.Permalink
The following behaviours are not acceptable and will result in expulsion from the Panel:
Violence or Threats of Violence
On or offline violence or threats of violence against panel members is unacceptable. This includes posting or threatening to post other people’s personal information (“doxxing”) online.
Open and honest discussion can lead to conflicts and frustrations. This should never cross the line and become personal attacks, either during panel meetings or through social media and other platforms. It is important to question and query other people’s ideas and perspectives, but it is not acceptable to insult, demean or belittle other members of the Panel.
Hurtful or Harmful Language
Hurtful or harmful language related to the following is not acceptable:
- Family status
- Gender identity or expression
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Native language
- Race and/or ethnicity
- National origin
- Socioeconomic status
- Geographic location
- Other attributes
Panel members should avoid using derogatory language. If you are unsure if a word is hurtful or harmful, do not use it.
Panel meetings will be honest and open discussions, which may result in differences of opinion. However, sustained disruption of meetings, presentations and talks, including talking over or heckling other panel members or speakers. will not be tolerated.
Influencing Unacceptable Behaviour
Influencing or leading unacceptable behaviour among other panel members or members of the wider community, will be treated the same way as the activities themselves and result in expulsion from the panelPermalink
If you believe that you or a member of the Panel is in breach of the above please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each case will be reviewed by Director of Regeneration, and next steps determined based on the evidence available. If a Panel Members is found to be in violation of the behaviour and expectations outlined in this document they will be expelled.Permalink