‘We’ll keep disruption to a minimum in town’s facelift’
The entrance foyer at
Swale House, Sittingbourne
A team to monitor and minimise the impact of building work
on the community during the town’s regeneration project is being
The cross-party policy overview committee will make the request
at tonight’s (Wednesday) Swale council cabinet meetingfeb 6.
It follows the disruption caused to motorists and businesses
while changes to the road layout in Mill Way were carried out as
part of the Morrisons development.
Traffic lights now replace the Sittingbourne Retail Park
roundabout while lights control vehicles entering and exiting
Morrisons’ car park.
The recommendation is one of several being put forward by the
Other proposals include establishing risk-management procedures
and regular monitoring reports to go to all council members plus
the business community and town residents.
This is due to concerns about the land transfer and financial
arrangements associated with the schemes.
The committee is also asking that the council establishes
succession procedures to ensure continuity when current officers
are no longer in post.
And they want better links between the council and the
developers so both sides know exactly what is happening at each
stage of the process.
Work on the advisory report began last summer. It
was led by Cllr Roger Truelove (Lab), working with Cllr Andy Booth
(Con) and Monique Bonney (Ind).
Their recommendations were agreed by the full committee on
Committee chairman Cllr Mike Haywood said: “Our report sets out
the steps the council needs to take if it is to win back public
confidence in the project, as well as to deliver the regeneration
of the town centre and to meet the aspirations of a growing local
Cllr Truelove said: “This is not a report on the mistakes of the
past. We have produced non-partisan recommendations which we
believe are important at this crucial early stage in the
Sittingbourne town centre project.
“There are areas which we believe require a more clear
organisational structure for a council which is embarking on an
ambitious development programme in Sittingbourne.”
The £250m regeneration aims to revamp the town centre, providing
extra leisure facilities, shops and housing.
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