24 August 2019
Thanet Green Party is increasingly concerned by an apparent "democratic deficit" in Thanet at District Council level - a situation where a public body "falls short of fulfilling the principles of democracy in their practices or operation".
When voters went to the polls in May, they thought they were electing Councillors who would represent them, make decisions in their interests and act as a conduit for their views.
Yet recent events suggest Councillors cannot exercise functions they were elected to carry out because the Council’s governance and decision-making processes are not fit for purpose.
The Green Party’s concerns include:
Cllr Mike Garner, who represents the Green group on TDC’s Governance and Audit Committee, commented:
"We are new Councillors trying to do what we were elected to do, but we are being frustrated at every turn. Thanet residents are not receiving the service they have a right to expect, but there seem to be no mechanisms to question this within a culture that has become increasingly defensive and secretive. We believe the Council meeting should be reinstated and members of the public, as well as Councillors, be given the opportunity to question Council leaders on recent decisions."