Following on from recent reports here on Bignews Margate, concerning access and egress to council offices, I've been asked to convey news that the council, have acted swiftly to ensure that public will not be inconvenienced in the future.
Richard Samuel, Chief Executive of Thanet District, issued this statement "I would like to apologise to those members of the public who were unable to access the council chamber for the start of the Extraordinary Scrutiny meeting on Wednesday (8 September). This was totally unacceptable.
Being able to access any public meeting is clearly an important part of ensuring that the council is open and accountable to any member of the public, and this was an unfortunate error on the council's behalf. I'd like to assure those people who were not able to access the building initially, and indeed the wider public, that the security procedure has been reviewed as a matter of urgency to ensure that this situation does not happen again.
According to Mr Samuel Prior to the start of the meeting, the Security Guard on duty was alerted to an incident of anti-social behaviour at the Post Office Yard, so the doors of the office building were locked while he went to investigate the claim.
Its pleasing to see this issue treated seriously and resolved, thanks.