Many thanks to Evelyn Knowles for this report from Monday’s Ventnor Town Council meeting, Ed
There was an end of term buzz to the meeting of the Ventnor Town Council on Monday evening. However, no agenda item was given any less cover than usual.
‘Distress’ over Coastal Centre decision
Strong determination to pursue the issue of the Coastal Centre came from the Chair, Cllr Stubbings. He spoke of his ‘distress’ on finding that the decision given by the officers, that the building would not be of community value, was based on guidelines written by the officers making the decision.
These guidelines were put in place after the Ventnor Town Council submission had been received.
“This reinforces the fact that the procedure has been a sham and a farce,” he said. “This Council will continue to fight.”
The availability of the Market Street toilets is now back on the agenda and, recognising the changes brought by the local elections, any discussion will wait until the next meeting.
The Town Clerk’s Report contained an update on the work of the Council and can be read online. See Report 35/13.
Finances well handled
The Mayor and Cllr Rees congratulated the staff on their excellent financial management over the past year. This had the support of all the Councillors.
Thanks to Cllr Debbie Robinson for her contributions over the past few years was said by the Mayor and a member of the public.