Proposed changes to the Council’s Cabinet portfolios are to go before a meeting of Full Council next Thursday.
Under the changes being put forward, Cllr. Jo Gideon, who is currently the Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, would also take charge of the Safer Neighbourhoods portfolio, which covers Council functions, such as CCTV, community wardens and licensing.
The changes are being proposed, after Cllr. Chris Wells was recently appointed to the Cabinet of Kent County Council as the member responsible for children, family and educational standards decisions.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: “There is a great deal of crossover between these two portfolios, which is why this proposal is being put forward to Council. Cllr. Gideon is already responsible for youth as part of her existing portfolio, while Safer Neighbourhoods also covers the issue of activities for young people. That covers the Council’s commitment to provide a wide range of activities, particularly at evenings and weekends, to divert them away from crime or anti-social behaviour, but obviously the two areas link together very well.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cllr. Wells for the work he’s done over the last few months in this important area. Obviously his new appointment to the Cabinet at Kent County Council will take up a great deal of his time, which is why he is stepping down from his Cabinet role at Thanet. Safer Neighbourhoods very much remains one of our top priorities and we know it’s an issue that local people feel very strongly about. We will be working hard with our partners to cut crime and anti-social behaviour further across the District and Cllr. Gideon will be an excellent person to look after this and ensure that this is delivered for the people of Thanet.”