It really is simple, allegations were made concerning a conflict of interests involving TDC Chief Executive Dr Sue McGonigal acting as a board member of East Kent Opportunities (EKO) property company set up by TDC and KCC and the Planning department of Thanet council.
Cllr Ian Driver rightly made a formal complaint, which was being investigated by the monitoring officer, Harvey Patterson, who was abruptly removed from the council in the last week or so.
Why? Good question, still Thanet Council claims on it's web site that it "is following due process and in order to allow this to be properly and thoroughly considered, and in fairness to the parties concerned, cannot provide any comment on the details of this investigation at the present time.
Not sure how fairness can be squared up by removing an experienced officer, while resolving these serious accusations.
Thanet Council is a public authority, which should serve the community, not officers or politicians.
This matter needs greater scrutiny, In my view, Clive Hart and his Labour members could do more for you and I, by way of open governance. Still so long as Clive and his mates attending meetings can top up their wages, pensions or benefits with generous "allowances" who are we the taxpayer to complain.
The Gazette have covered this issue with a rather miserly report hidden on page three of Friday's edition, I understand that there some further astounding allegations, concerning conduct in this matter with local councillors, I think we should be told of.
Finally Clive Hart, also in this last week's local rag, ends his inspirational column with this gem "The tiny but very noisy and disruptive minority of councillors playing petty and vindictive politics with very sensitive issues should be totally and utterly ashamed. Quite what he means is a mystery? Still if you are Clive Hart please explain yourself.