New board set sights on improvements

The first meeting of a new board set up to drive forward improvement at Thanet District Council has taken place.

Held on Tuesday 9 September, the inaugural meeting included the council’s political leaders, senior officers, external Peer Councillors and was chaired by former Local Authority Chief Executive, Ian Lowrie.

The board has been created voluntarily following the council’s Peer Review which took place earlier this year (March 2014), to provide focus, advice and challenge and to monitor the council’s progress.

The group agreed to meet every month over the next six months and crucially will oversee the development of an ambitious action plan for the council, focusing on key areas identified in the external Peer Review.

Board Chairman, Ian Lowrie, said: “"I think the Board has made a good start. We agreed the way we intend to work and all sides contributed positively to our terms of reference.  I am confident we will make good progress over the coming months."

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Iris Johnston, said: “This is a positive step forward and demonstrates very clearly our commitment, cross-party, to improve the way we work. We’ve already seen great progress, but with the commitment of experienced external members and the support of the LGA, I hope we can harness our shared desire to improve and focus on delivering what really matters to local people.”

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