Friday, 5 June 2009

Thanet District Council new strides in open government

In the spirit of cooperation and innovation that I have come to expect from our beloved council they have solved the problem of not getting their press releases on their website in a timely fashion with proper feeds and pictures as I do by stopping sending them to me.


How to proceed, not sure really sending in a freedom of information request for their press releases is one option, an official complaint is another, god knows you couldn’t make it up, even in a banana republic this would be funny in the extreme.

8 comments:

  1. This is beyond belief Michael, they should be publicly THANKING you!!!

    Are you certain they've stopped sending you them though? Perhaps there just haven't been any new ones?

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  2. Absolutely Peter, they have just got round to publishing a batch from this week on their website, it seems very hard to across the message to them that news needs to be new and on the internet needs proper feeds so that people notice it.

    I copied all of the ones that I didn’t get from the TDC website and published them on my news blog, there is something a little surreal in announcing the launch of something on Wednesday the following Friday.

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  3. I would say - par for the course. In fact I am very surprised that you received their press releases in the past. Officers and Councillors just aren't up to the job in Thanet - can't even process and application for a postal vote correctly - clerical error - which left someone I know disenfranchised yesterday!

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  4. Try the Flying Doctor? he may be able to help

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  5. I have Ken, I have also had a response from the press office, as it didn’t make sense to me it is a little hard to know what to do now, I will forward it to you perhaps there are times when one needs a councillor as translator for council officers.

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  6. Clive Harts gone from County then!

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  7. Michael, I think its Council speak for it was a C###K up

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  8. Thanks for the translation Ken, I have noticed they find I difficult to say, I am sorry I made a mistake.

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