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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 January 2006, 13:22 GMT
Campaigners call for town council
Ramsgate Harbour
Seven other towns in Thanet have their own parish council
Campaigners have taken to the streets with a petition for their Kent town to be allowed its own parish council.

Ramsgate is currently represented by 17 charter trustees elected onto Thanet District Council.

But the council is conducting a parish review with local people given until 18 January to have their say on the issue.

Members of the Ramsgate First group were promoting their campaign for a town council on Saturday, trying to collect signatures for a petition.

Campaign manager Mike Taylor said they already had 100 supporters.

Ramsgate First's aim is to see the town governed more locally.

"Once we form a parish council we then have Ramsgate at heart," said Mr Taylor.

"Everything will be for Ramsgate and nowhere else.

We want to ensure it [the review] takes local people's views into account
Richard Samuel, Thanet District Council

"All of the people [on the council], bar one, would be volunteers - we wouldn't have paid councillors of any kind.

"We would do everything we can to promote our town and put it on the map."

Thanet's parish review for Ramsgate began on 6 December.

Chief executive Richard Samuel said at the time: "When a decision is made we want to ensure it takes local people's views into account."

A "yes" decision would see the Ramsgate Charter Trustees abolished after more than 30 years of existence.

A parish council would have a role to play on issues such as planning, highways and street lighting.

However, such a change would incur an extra cost for Ramsgate residents, which would be added to council tax bills.


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