News from the Mayor of Sandwich: May 2024

Mayor of Sandwich, Cllr Paul Carter, reflects on the changing seasons and how best to make Sandwich shine, saying “the big question is when will we be getting some decent weather?”

 

Hello everyone and yes, we have had Easter so it is officially spring now, blossom is on the trees, the trees have suddenly grown leaves (how do they do that overnight?) and we have put our clocks forward but where are those lovely warm days? We have the first big event in the town coming up over the May bank holiday weekend: Sandwich Celebrates the 40s with re-enactments, street parties 1940s and 50s music, dancing and events in the town centre and on the Quayside if we get good weather it should bring many visitors to the town and support our great range of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that we have here in Sandwich.

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King Street scaffolding closing our main shopping streets

But what is happening to our King Street? First we had a large scaffold and hoarding and now we have another scaffold too. Some of the Sandwich Town Councillors investigated the issues behind the scaffolding and building works but found that it is essential works that are needed and unfortunately it’s come at the wrong time of the year. Our DDC and KCC councillors are liaising with planning and highways departments to speed up the works. But we can do our bit by supporting the King Street traders and businesses at this difficult time.

After many delays I was able to host the Mayors Volunteer evening. It was a great pleasure to meet so many great community volunteers who make our town a much better place by giving their time and hard work. And it was an even greater occasion to award the Mayor’s Civic award to Christina Glynn who has given so much of her time and dedication to filming all the Town Councils full council and committee meetings over the past two years bringing greater transparency and democracy to the town.

On 10th April I was able to host the Annual Town Meeting at the Guildhall. It was well attended by residents, KCC, DDC and STC councillors and officers. As well as excellent presentations from the Town clerk and several recipients of grants from the Tollbridge fund I was able to detail what the Town Council will be concentrating on for the forthcoming year on top of all the usual services and support that they give.

 

Mayor’s plan for the forthcoming year will be to:

  • Urgently recruit an Assets Officer who will take on the market manager role and promote the town and markets income.
  • Work to assess, review and support all our current STC owned assets via a working group and offer assistance to the Cinema, White Mill and Drill Hall where required.
  • We are in the process of introducing a new Finance and Bookings software package which will stream line finances, give greater finance reports and assist with electronic bookings at the Guildhall.
  • Work with DDC on a new project to improve a refurbished Bulwarks play area and to renew the maintenance contract for the other existing play areas so they are brought up to date with full safety audits.
  • Renewal of Councillors IT equipment so they can work more efficiently with better improved and more secure services for use of public data.
  • Introduce a Town Council lead community magazine to improve communications with residents particularly those without internet or smart devices.
  • Introduce a new Saturday market and range of specialist markets to fully utilise the Guildhall forecourt, increasing footfall and tourism.

I concluded the meeting by saying that the Mayor, Mayoress and Councillors have worked very hard supported by an efficient team of officers at the Guildhall to make the best use of your public funds and facilities so that our lovely town is a great place to work, live and enjoy.

Enjoy your Spring bank holiday. While the council will try their best to make the town shine.

 

Cllr Paul Carter, Mayor of Sandwich


Read the previous update from the Mayor here. Find out more about the Mayor of Sandwich on the Sandwich Town Council website.

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