We want to engage with the community, stakeholders and local businesses, throughout the planning and implementation of the Margate Town Deal projects
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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Thanet’s success in securing over £40m of capital investment from central government through the Levelling Up Fund and Towns Fund means there are a wide range of projects to be delivered across the district by March 2026. It is important that local suppliers and contractors are aware of the opportunities this brings for their businesses. The council and its partners are using a number of different procurement routes for the design and delivery of the Town Deal schemes in Margate.
We would like to make opportunities to get involved with the Town Deal projects accessible to local suppliers where possible. This page provides information on where we advertise work for consultants and contractors, as well as some of our current opportunities.
For general enquiries, please contact the Margate Town Deal project team: firstname.lastname@example.org
London Construction Programme (LCP) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)
We are a member of the London Construction Programme (LCP) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), managed by the London Borough of Haringey. It allows suppliers of all sizes to sign up and submit proposals and quotations for Thanet District Council and other public sector procurements free of charge, subject to standard due diligence checks.
Sign up to the LCP DPS to find out more about our projects.
Alternatively, you can contact the LCP direct at email@example.com who are able to assist suppliers with on boarding to the DPS.
The Kent Business Portal
The Kent Business Portal is used to advertise local authority opportunities in Kent.
You can sign up free of charge to the Kent Business Portal.Permalink
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 the Director of Regeneration, and next steps determined based on the evidence available. If a Panel Member is found to be in violation of the behaviour and expectations outlined in this document they will be expelled.Permalink