I was going to ask who wears the trousers but that seemed flippant, anyhow I do often ponder who actually controls Kent County council, and since I'm no expert I just wonder what role that politicians actually play, in governing our county.
I'll give you an example, Paul Francis political editor for KM group, reports on the decision to extend Kent TV's contract for a further six months, citing that the decision, was agreed by chief executive Peter Gilroy, although Cllr Roger Gough KCC's cabinet member for corporate service appears to want, to at least, think about the situation "....any decision to let the contract beyond March 2010 will follow on from a review."
Still the board of Kent TV seem to feel a new contract for Kent TV is a done deal, this from the last published minutes "The contract has been extended to March 2010 to ensure that a review can happen before the re-tender process starts in September 2009."
Peter Gilroy might just wish to check, as I recall that when Kent TV was first mooted, Paul Carter the elected leader of KCC was himself much connected with the original decision to go ahead, as far as I can tell at the moment, it would appear that the Tory leadership, have little stomach for the sometime controversial Kent TV, particularly given the negative press, it managed to create for itself.
To see how committed Conservatives were to Kent TV, I looked at the recent Tory manifesto, which had no reference to Kent TV and certainly no proposal to extend the thing.
High hopes like this from a briefing document presented to KCC Cabinet April 2007 seem as optimistic as the day they were written “Income generation (see paragraph 4) may not meet expectations initially.This is low risk as we have already received significant interest insponsorship and the company providing Kent TV will have a role in generating income.” just a pity the sponsorship never materialised!
You can read the whole Kent TV briefing document from 2007 and see how naive it might have been.
PS has anyone seen any solid evidence of savings bought about by Kent TV?