Every few months, Thanet residents are treated to an audience with local Kent county councillors, tomorrow night is that opportunity.
Now these are important people, they must be because a while back they voted themselves a fat increase in allowances, more than £1000 a month, and are busy because every few months they have to attend a council meeting in Maidstone.
What can you expect, at the meeting, well in truth not a lot, that is of significance, however there will be, upbeat info on small grants given out to local organisations, but don't expect any great insights into such things as
When is that 50 million pounds coming home from Iceland, or
What was the point of paying more than £400,000 in one year to retiring Chief Exec Peter Gilroy and not fessing up until later or
Why is the counties finance boss on gardening leave, is it really because she helped the media, surely that's what public servants might be expected to do or
Why push ahead with closure of old peoples homes in the county and not take seriously the consultation process or
Will you be making anymore "Gilroy" type payments or
In the time Bignews Margate has been published why has KCC spent around £25 million pounds on Advertising and PR
And finally why don't Kent Tories dump Leader Cllr Paul Carter
I believe the local board consultations are deliberately non controversial PR exercise mainly run for the convenience of the ruling Tory group, a more useful meeting would explain the counties finances, why children's services have been so criticised, why senior staff are given gold plated pay deals, still we wouldn't want anything unpleasant in public would we.
Anyway the Draft Agenda is available here, and remember Kent council is run by Conservatives, whom anywhere else, you would expect to be careful with public money here in Kent ,this is not the case, KCC has indulged itself in several high profile vanity projects such as Kent TV, which I'm proud to have helped get closed down. In my opinion if anyone is considering any err