The draft minutes to the council meeting of Thursday 18th April, with the written questions and answers relating to Pleasurama have appeared on the council’s website at http://tdc-mg-dmz.thanet.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=141&MId=2701&Ver=4
They may have been there for some time but what with the local elections so on I hadn’t really looked.
Anyway as the relevant part of the meeting was also recently webcast I thought I would go through the questions and answers with the video.
I know the recent election results suggest that there is little public interest in the videos of council meeting, probably little public interest in our local councils, town, district or county. The message from the voters seemed to be, “no mater who our councillors are, we expect pretty much the civil servants running the show and paying little attention to the public or their representatives” so we may as well sent a message to central government.
But frankly the current situation with this video is ridiculous, I went to the council’s website homepage and there is the link to the wrong video, i.e the video of the previous meeting on 7th February. To be quite honest if I hadn’t put up the information that the video had been published on the press release blog http://thanetpress.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/thanet-district-council-meeting-webcast.html I doubt I would have been able to find it, even knowing it was there.
How the council can justify the expense of publishing the video and then putting it where it can’t be found is beyond me.
Sorry about all that, paying out taxes and getting something broken in return is pretty annoying, I guess I will take this one up with the council, is it a mistake or a deliberate attempt to make the webcast impossible to find, so no one watches it and the council can then justify stopping webcasting meetings.
Anyway I have read through all of the stuff that they have put up in an effort to answer public concerns about the development and am not really much the wiser.
Personally I am holding back on The Royal Sands Issue until the council’s deadline of the 22nd of this month, which is next week.
Here is the link to the details of the meeting, some of the links on this council webpage don’t work http://tdc-mg-dmz.thanet.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=119&MId=3402&Ver=4
Update Cllr Ian Driver is his position of chair of overview and scrutiny called in one of the issues Related to The Royal Sands, doing business with offshore companies and a partly related issue about filming at council meetings.
He then failed to turn up at the scrutiny meeting, so I guess after his standing down as chair at the last scrutiny meeting, for the duration of that meeting only, there is a question over his remaining chair of scrutiny.