Friday, 27 February 2009


Thanet district Council press release

Thanet District Council has elected a new Chairman, following the resignation of the previous Chairman to take up a role on the council's Cabinet.

Cllr. John Kirby stood down prior to last night's (Thursday 26 February) to take up his new responsibility for a range of services on the Cabinet, including planning enforcement, planning applications, licensing and Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina.

Cllr. Margaret Sheldrick, the previous Vice Chairman of the Council, was then formally elected as Chairman and will serve in this position until the Annual Council Meeting in May, when a further formal election will have to be held.

Cllr. Sheldrick said: "I'm very humbled to be elected as Chairman of Thanet District Council and I would like to thank my fellow councillors for the confidence they have shown in me. I'm very proud to be able to represent our wonderful area. Having been involved in voluntary political activity for more than 50 years now, I was delighted to be able to continue that service when I retired to Thanet and I am greatly looking forward to the next few months as Chairman."

Cllr. Sheldrick was first elected to the Council in 2003 and represents Birchington South. She was previously the Chairman of the Licensing Board, a position which she has now stood down from.

During her year in office, Cllr. Sheldrick will be escorted by her husband Ray Sheldrick. Cllr. Michael Roberts was elected as the Vice-Chairman of Thanet District Council until the Annual Council Meeting in May.

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