Issue details

20/00026 - The Flete Unit, Margate - Sexual Health Clinic

Proposed decision –


·   The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health agrees to:


a)    Develop the Flete Unit into a sexual health clinic and office space to deliver sexual health services from a single site in the Thanet area, secured via a 15-year lease.


b)    Delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social care and Public Health and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to take relevant actions necessary to implement this decision, including but not limited to; entering into the required contracts for the development works, finalising the terms of and entering into the required leases and other legal agreements as required to permit occupation and use of the site for the delivery of sexual health services.


·   Background –

Kent County Council have a statutory duty to provide comprehensive sexual health services under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Sexual health services currently delivered in Thanet are split over three sites which are either at capacity or lack the facilities to offer a full sexual health service. There is the need to move services to a premise that can offer the full sexual health service to the population of Thanet.


·   Options  -

Other sites in Thanet have been considered to varying degrees however none were able to be progressed due to either the site being unsuitable, or the site being granted to a different service. Sites include 3 retail units, a site in Mill Lane, Sarre Unit, Margate Adult Education Centre and Norfolk Road Hotel.


·   How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’

Kent’s Strategic Statement outlines a commitment to ensuring Kent Communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in-work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life. The strategic statement outlines the need to invest in our infrastructure to deliver sustainable community assets, to plan for growth and to improve Kent’s public health outcomes.




Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/03/2020

Decision due: Not before 21st Apr 2020 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Reason: in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Lead director: Andrew Scott-Clark

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Vicky Tovey, Public Health Senior Commissioning Manager Email:



The proposed decision will be considered by the Health Reform and Public Health Cabinet Committee on the 30th April 2020, and the outcome of the discussion included on the decisions paperwork which the Cabinet Member will be asked to sign.  

Financial implications: Total of £2,918,800 over 15 years o Year 1 (2020/21) Total of £944,800 including £830,800 construction works and £114,000 rental and utilities. o Year 2 onwards (until 2035/36) Total of £141,000 per annum including rental, utilities, facilities management and contingency for repairs.

Legal implications: The works and lease agreement will be managed by Gen2 who will obtain all necessary consents from solicitors and required works from qualified surveyors.

Equalities implications: An initial EqIA screen has been conducted and has been submitted to the Equalities and Diversity team for further guidance on whether a full assessment is required. This will be continually reviewed as the project continues. Data Protection implications There are no anticipated data protection implications from this decision.