SANDWICH TOWN COUNCIL AGREES A BUDGET FOR 2020/2021
Sandwich Town Council agreed a 25% increase in the precept for 2020/2021 on the 8th January 2020 at an extra-ordinary meeting of the Council, which represents an annual increase of £24.71 for a Band D property; just less than 48p per week.
This will raise an additional £50,220.56, which will largely go towards repairs, maintenance and running costs of the Guildhall.
Since the 1970s the Guildhall has been heavily subsidised by Sandwich Toll Bridge Fund (a registered charity of which Sandwich Town Council is the sole trustee) and the Council is aware that the assets of the charity could be depleted within 10 years if the current drain on funds continues. The Council aims to reduce support from the charity for the Guildhall within the current term of office (2019 – 2023), which will then allow the charity to assist with other charitable works for the good of Sandwich and maximise investment income, by maintaining the reserves.
Additional funding for the Guildhall has not solely been sought from the rate payer; the Council will also reduce some services that are no longer efficient and work is underway to improve the business plan for the Guildhall and raise further funds from activities at the building.
Details of the Sandwich Town Council agreed budget for 2020/21 can be found on the Council’s website.
23rd January 2020
EXCITING PROGRAMME OF EVENTS DURING THE 149TH OPEN
Sandwich Town Council has resolved to fully support the schedule of events that are being organised by a number of local businesses via Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, to take place over the weekend of The 149th Open (Thursday 16th July – Sunday 19th July 2020).
The Council had received a proposal from an event organiser who has worked successful in Rye and Deal, however, the proposal that was received from the Chamber of Commerce received the Council’s full support.
Cllrs Mark Lintott and Tony Broun, and officer Mrs A Hollobon-Baxter have now been delegated to work with the Chamber of Commerce to assist where possible to help deliver a series of events that will attract visitors from The 149th Open into the town, provide new activities for residents to enjoy, and encourage support for the local business community.
Local Businessman, Mr Steve Ruston reported “The newly revitalised and energised Sandwich Chamber of Commerce has proven to be a successful vehicle in reaching out to local business and engaging interest in the fantastic opportunities that come with the return of The Open to Royal St Georges course. We have worked together in developing a strategy that will encourage the towns trades and businesses to participate in showcasing our town and developing a lasting legacy that will act as a platform for economic growth. This is at a time when every opportunity must be seized and we need to embrace the change that necessary to see Sandwich return to the golden days of growth and prosperity within its commercial offer. Not only will this opportunity for growth benefit our trading offer but the residual fallout from this can only increase the prosperity of the town as a whole in sustaining us as a tourist destination and a place where people will want to live.”
Cllr Mark Lintott reported that “the Chamber of Commerce’s attention to detail is extremely professional and their enthusiasm for the project is quite infectious.”
Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Vice President of Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Mr Dan Friend (email@example.com / 07723364042) or local businessman Mr Steve Ruston (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01304 449190).
Further updates, as these plans develop and are approved by Dover District Council’s Events Safety Advisory Group, will be posted on the “Sandwich Chamber of Commerce” and “Sandwich, Kent – forum” Facebook pages.
17th February 2020
SANDWICH PORT & HAVEN COMMISSIONERS BACK AT GUILDHALL
Sandwich Town Council has warmly welcomed the Sandwich Port & Haven Commissioners back to the Guildhall, following a period of being based at the Fishergate on the Quay.
The Mayor, Cllr Jeff Franklin, said “we are delighted to have the Commissioners meeting again at the Guildhall; hopefully this will foster a closer working relationship between the Council and the Commissioners; who perform an incredibly important function for the town and have some exciting plans for the future”.
27th January 2020
Update – Temporary Closure Postponed – Sandwich Toll Bridge – [17 February 2020]
The forthcoming planned closure of Sandwich Toll Bridge, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich has been postponed.
It had been planned from 17 February 2020 for up to 7 weeks; apologies are given for any inconvenience caused by this change.
It had always been intended that the emergency works on the A256 Sandwich Bypass would be progressed sufficiently to allow it to be re-opened before any closure of the Toll Bridge was undertaken.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond Kent County Council’s control, Southern Water’s emergency works have now been extended.
KCC are actively working with the contractors on the A256 Sandwich Bypass to get an early resolution of the situation.
At present, it is aimed to start the Toll Bridge closure from 30 March 2020, but this is subject to confirmation and progress of the A256 emergency repairs.
Further updates will be issued as the A256 emergency works progress.