Why is Tunbridge Wells Borough Council holding a secret meeting in Maidstone?

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By kentsussex | Thursday, February 07, 2013, 13:50

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has posted details on its website of a secret meeting it intends to hold in Maidstone.

It appears that it will be a Joint Cabinet meeting with Maidstone Borough Council and Swale Borough Council.

It will held at Maidstone Town Hall on March 6 - details of which can be seen here: http://www2.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/pdf/Private%20Meeting%20notice%20March%206%202013%20final%20version.pdf

The item to be discussed is 'MKIP Planning Support Shared Service' - which we've previously seen is the shared information and communication technology (ICT) service for the Mid Kent region.

It says the reason the meeting is private is because it: "Contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)."

It also says: "Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority."

Now, the last time TWBC held a secret meeting it was to disband the ill-fated Tunbridge Wells Regeneration Company.

Could this IT project also be thrown on the scrapheap? And, if so, how much will it have cost the taxpayer?

Does anyone know why the meeting is being held? Post it on TunbridgeWells People or email tunbridgewells@thelocalpeople.co.uk



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    The meeting is to discuss the possibility of introducing a shared administrative support for the planning services of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council and Swale Borough Council.

    The meeting will be held in public. However, if it becomes necessary to discuss in detail any financial or staff matters relating to the introduction of the proposed service then this part of the meeting will be held in private.

    The intention of introducing the shared service is to improve efficiency and resilience and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has a good record of working in partnership in this way and of delivering value for money.

    The council is required by law to give notice when there is the potential of a matter being discussed in private session

    By TWBC_Comms at 16:12 on 08/02/13

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