Apologies for the graphics, I’ve had a long weekend.
Just to update you, on my quest for information, concerning Cllr Stephen Broadhurst, at the point of writing I’ve not seen, any evidence that he is seeking to continue to represent residents of Margate’s Dane Valley ward on Thanet District council. see earlier posting.
I have sent Cllr Sandy Ezekiel, Thanet’s Conservative leader an email details below and copied these to his colleagues.
As far as I’m aware Cllr Stephen Broadhurst resides in Panama and I cannot see how he can represent constituents from 5000 miles away the situation seems unjust and indefensible. (I include the graphic so that conservative members can have some clue of just how remote Panama is from Thanet).
Copy of email text sent (today) to TDC Leader with copies emailed to all his fellow members
Dear Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel Leader Thanet District council
Last year there was some concern, expressed by local residents, regarding the apparent fact that your colleague and fellow Conservative member Cllr Stephen Broadhurst, had moved to Panama to live and work.
I think at that at the time, it was suggested that he going on business trips, which of coarse would not be unreasonable but looking at his attendance record at TDC, its evident that he is not often in Thanet.
If his circumstances have changed and he no longer resides in Thanet or indeed the U.K., in the sense that he spends most of his time living and working ,elsewhere such as in Panama, maybe you could suggest that he resigns from the council, to allow someone else the privilegeof representing the electorate of Dane Valley.
Perhaps you could ask Richard Samuel to help you, look into the legality of this situation as a matter of some urgency.
No reasonable person would expect a councillor to be slavishly at the beck and call of the electorate but having a councillor based in Panama assuming that is correct, appears to me and I suspect to you and your colleagues as an untenable situation.
Please note I have copied this to your colleagues and will shortly publish this to my website as democracy is best observed in public.
Regards tony flaig Bignew Margate