Well today 01.11.22, Cllr David Monk (Con) (pictured) Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council has agreed to pause all current spending on the Princes Parade project to assess the options available moving forward.
Decision Number 22/056 was taken today by Cllr Monk which agrees to
To pause current spending on the project.
To agree that officers re-evaluate available options in light of the current economic climate and propose a way forward.
What most certainly will happen is Council Officer’s will produce a report for Cabinet in December 2022, ahead of the budget & council tax setting meeting in February 2023.
This decision is subject to call in, but Cllr Lesley Whybrow (pictured) Cabinet Member for the Environment (Green) believe it is “unlikely to be called in.”
The Council’s Call in Procedure is set out in Part 6.3 and Part 7.3 of the Council’s Constitution
A decision, such as this made by Cllr Monk should be published within three clear working days. This has been done.
The notice of the decision will be dated – it is – and will specify that the decision will come into force – it does – and may be implemented, on the expiry of five clear working days after the publication of the decision, unless a valid request has been received by the Head of Paid Service, objecting to the decision and asking for it to be called in. This does not apply to an urgent decision – this is not an urgent decision so doesn’t apply.
So who can call in a decision. Well that falls to any three or more members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, who may request that a decision is called in, during the five clear working days after the publication of the notice of the decision – the call-in period.
So any three or more of these Cllrs, may if they so choose, call in the decision and they have until 5pm on the 8 November.
Cllr Susan Carey (Con)
Cllr Peter Gane (Lib Dem)
Cllr Michelle Keutenius (Lab)
Cllr Connor McConville (Lab)
Cllr Terence Mullard (UKIP)
Cllr Patricia Rolfe (Con)
Cllr Rebecca Shoob (Green)
Cllr John Wing (Green)
If they fail to call in the decision by the 8 Nov, the decision stands and spending on Princes Parade is suspended.
One must remember the Overview & Scrutiny Committee can only recommend to Cabinet and Cabinet can ignore it. It is the Lion which can never roar, as Cabinet can prevent any recommendation.
So for now, spending on Princes Parade has most definitely been suspended, it does not mean in any way that the Council have abandoned the project.
The Shepway Vox Team
Dissent is NOT a Crime