East Kent Local Strategic Partnership
Summary of Partnership Board Meeting
30 April 2009
Chairman: Stephen Kingsman, Denne
Alison Clarke Canterbury College
Andrew Ogden Environment Agency
Audrey Songhurst Canterbury Christ Church University*
Bob Jones Business Link Kent
Charles Bicker K&M Social Enterprise Network
Colin Carmichael Canterbury City Council
Dave Shore EKLSP / Shepway District Council
Denise Everitt University of Kent at Canterbury
Des Crilley Kent County Council
Geoff Miles The Maidstone Studios
Ian Driver Thanet district Citizens Advice Bureau
Cllr. Ian Ward Dover District Council*
Jackie Watt South Kent College*
Jan Perfect CASE Kent
Janet Hughes Kent Adult Social Services
John Ratcliff Learning and Skills Council*
Cllr. John Gilbey Canterbury City Council
Dr. Katherine Harvey SEEDA*
Keith Hargrave Kent County Council
Kevin Charles Pfizer
Mark Harrison Kent Police*
Nadeem Aziz Dover District Council
Peter Hobbs Channel Chamber of Commerce
Richard Hitchin Jobcentre Plus
Richard Samuel Thanet District Council
Cllr. Robert Bliss Shepway District Council
Rodney Williamson Kent Association of Local Councils
Rupert Williamson East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Russ Jordan Kent Fire and Rescue Service*
Cllr, Sandy Ezekiel Thanet District Council
Sari Sirkia Weaver Canterbury District Community Alliance
Stephen Kingsman Denne (Chair)
Sue Buss Thanet College
Trevor Minter Strand House and Creative Foundation
Velia Coffey EKLSP / Canterbury City Council
* = Representatives
Cllr. Alan Marsh Kent County Council
Alistair Stewart Shepway District Council
Andrew Scott Clark Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT
Bob Goldfield Port of Dover
Cllr. Chris Capon Kent County Council
David Ashworth Homes and Communites Agency
Di Woolloff GOSE
David Tamsitt K&M NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Claudette Forbes Kent County Council
Cllr. Paul Carter Kent County Council
Gerry Pack Holiday Extras
Prof. Jan Druker Canterbury Christ Church University
Jane Spurgin LSC Kent and Medway
Ch Sup. John Molloy Kent Police
Malcolm Barry Dover District Compact Implementation Group
Monica Box South Kent College
Cllr. Paul Watkins Dover District Council
Ven. Sheila Watson Canterbury Cathedral
Steve Griffiths Kent Fire and Rescue
Susan Priest SEEDA
Marie Newell EKLSP
1. Welcome and apologies
Stephen Kingsman welcomed the delegates. Apologies were noted.
2. Previous minutes and matters arising
Richard Samuel provided an EKLSP staff update: Janet Waghorn has retired due to ill health. The
Partnership Director post is currently being advertised and interviews will take place on the 9th June. Shirley
Lewis, Partnership Support Officer has returned from Maternity Leave for two days a week.
The previous minutes were agreed by the Board
Encourage suitable candidates to apply for the Partnership Director position ALL
3. Confirmation of Chairperson 2009/2010
Stephen Kingsman explained that, as set out in the EKLSP Terms of Reference, the Board must agree to
the appointment of the Chairman on an annual basis. The Chairman must be nominated from within the
Partnership Board and will be from the private/business sector. This year the nomination for Chairman is
The Board agreed to the appointment of Geoff Miles as Chairman for 2009/2010
4. East Kent Sustainable Community Strategy (EKSCS)
Dave Shore presented the consultation report and the revised vision (circulated to the Board prior to the
meeting). There followed a discussion which included the following points:
Cllr. John Gilbey explained that the SCS must fit in with other strategies as much as
possible but some issues just will not fit with Kent’s priorities. The SCS must retain a strong
East Kent focus. The SCS must have enough status to stand alone.
John Ratcliff suggested that the EKLSP identify the organisations that have the power to make the
changes envisaged in the SCS.
Ian Driver suggested that the SCS did not go far enough with regards to equality, diversity and
community cohesion. Cultural diversity will increase in East Kent over the next few years and the
SCS needs to be more positive about these changes and consider in more depth what East Kent
society will look like in 20 years. The Voluntary and Community Sector has a powerful role to play in
Colin Carmichael cautioned the Board that the SCS was in danger of becoming bland and
indistinctive from other strategies. To avoid this we must concentrate on the issues that make East
Kent distinctive, namely: coastal regeneration; the fast train link; cultural activity; and Further and
Higher education. Alison Clarke commented that some issues could be picked up in far more detail
in the action plan. Therefore it is not necessary to include everything in the vision. To do so risks
the SCS loosing clarity and sharpness. The action plan is the opportunity for organisations to make
a wider contribution.
Sandy Ezekiel highlighted that industry regarding the creative arts is missing. It equates to 26% of
GDP – it is a big industry.
Trevor Minter commented that the more the SCS can align with Kent County Council, (e.g. the Local
Area Agreement) the smarter it will be.
Sari Sirkia Weaver commented that the Compact must be mentioned and adhered to, to guarantee
an effective relationship with the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). The VCS is vital to the
delivery of the SCS.
Rodney Williamson commented on the lack of reference to rural communities.
Peter Hobbs suggested that the cultural product fitted into the visitor destination theme.
Des Crilley commented that we must make sure that the SCS is as supported as it can be.
Dovetailing with the Regional Framework is fundamental to this.
Sue Buss suggested that the SCS should be more ambitious with regards to rapid development of
skills, raising aspirations and global competition. Denise Everitt explained that education providers
and universities sit within a global context and the SCS needs to be clear about how East Kent will
make the necessary links to make the most of these global opportunities.
Janet Hughes commented that references to health and inequality need to be strengthened
particularly with regards to an ageing population and social care which will soon become a great
Jan Perfect questioned what would sell the SCS to the tax payer?
Jan Perfect suggested there was not enough mentioned about the indicators of deprivation and the
links between them and education attainment. Alison Clarke suggested these issues are covered
adequately in the SCS and can be explored more fully in the action plan.
Andrew Ogden suggested that the EKLSP identify the challenges facing East Kent: the blocks
stopping the SCS vision from becoming a reality. This will make the SCS stronger and more
Kevin Charles suggested that the SCS should now be passed on to the EKLSP Officer Group to
finalise and the Board should now concentrate on action plan development before opportunities such
as the high speed rail link are missed. Practical action is what people want to see.
Sue Buss suggested that the SCS could also help East Kent adapt to the current recession by
priming regeneration in the area.
It was agreed:
- To delegate the finalisation of the SCS to the Management Group and Officer Group
- To delegate the identification of Theme Champions to the Management Group.
5. ADVANCED BUDGET FOR 2009/2010
Stephen Kingsman and Dave Shore summarized the EKLSP budget position for 2009/2010. The budget is
currently £25 000 from each of the Local Authorities and £10 000 from the Kent Fire and Rescue. This
barely covers operational costs. Additional contributions from partners will be essential if the Partnership to
flourish. Stephen Kingsman emphasised that this partnership, like all partnerships, is a two-way process
and requested that Board Members consider how they could contribute to the Partnership. This could be
via funding, secondments, Theme Champions, executive support for themes, or other resources.
Richard Samuel commented that the Partnership should not be Local Authority dominated but at the
present time the Local Authorities provide the vast majority of the budget and Officer time. This must
Trevor Minter requested that a statement be prepared to explain how Performance Reward Grant
money will be distributed.
Consider how you can contribute to the Partnership ALL
Children’s Services Partnerships
Keith Hargrave explained the importance of involving the Children’s Service Partnerships with the EKLSP
and the SCS. Recent reorganisation of children’s education, health and social services make it particularly
important. It is recommended that a representative form the Children’s Services Partnerships be invited to
make a presentation to the Board about these changes and how we can work together.
Richard Samuel informed the Board that the draft Thanet Vision (an overview of how the District will look by
2030) was now out for consultation. All comments welcome.
Train to Gain letter
Stephen Kingsman asked the Board to agree a letter to Gordon Brown MP regarding the withdrawal of
funding for Train to Gain and Apprenticeship programmes. Charles Bicker notified that Board that he had a
meeting planned with Lord Young about the colossal damage caused to the Third Sector by the withdrawal
of Train to Gain funding. Des Crilley informed the Board that Kent County Council are also lobbying very
hard for help on this issue.
The Board endorsed the letter.
Higher Education letter
Stephen Kingsman asked the Board to endorse a letter to the LSC in support of the second phase of
It was agreed that the Board would support the letter and would also write in support of the next phases for
Thanet College and South Kent College
Thank you to Stephen Kingsman
John Gilbey led the Board in thanking Stephen Kingsman for all his hard work over the past year and
congratulated him on his achievements.