In common with many not immersed in Thanet's benefits culture I frequently leave town early and return late from work. Thanet's economy is very much skewed to poverty pay, with recently arrived migrant workers, fodder for exploitative employers on zero hour contracts, the main exception of course being the public sector, with the council being one of the areas largest employers.
Content with my lot in life, minding my own business, coming back into Thanet after a days proper graft, I was surprised to find that a road which cost 81 million was closed, why I don't know maybe an accident, although I'm guessing it was for some sort of maintenance in which case, why is it happening at around 19:00 and why such poor signage.
I refer of course to the East Kent Access Rd. which if you ask me (you didn't) is poorly thought out and badly designed road. Thanet council it seems owe a few millions to KCC, which is perhaps the reason that Clive Hart has ignored the wishes of the TDC planning committee to turn down a crazy (IMHO) scheme to build 500 houses on land controlled by EKO, having already in his short time as Council leader been at the helm, to waive goodbye to several millions in write offs as a direct consequence of poor management by council officers.
This blog posting was going to be the usual middle aged angst about the local road network, still believe it or not I google things as I write, which turned up this post, by Cllr Ian Driver, who despite not agreeing with his politics or orchestration of protest, I take to be an honest person.
Anyhoo Cllr Driver has made several accusations, about inappropriate behaviour, it seems that rather than thank, Ian Driver for whistleblowing, and making public an email, which might constitute "gross misconduct", Thanet labour leader is alleged by Cllr Ian Driver to have reacted in a rather hostile manner (IMHO), this is how Ian puts it "As soon the Council Monitoring Officer raised my concerns the Leader of the Council, Clive Hart, demanded to know why I had not been reported to Kent Police for stealing the e-mails from the Council. He then wrote to the Chief Executive suggesting that she arrange for the matter to be reported to the police.
Whatever the rights and wrongs concerning allegations that Ian Driver has made, regarding the Chief Executive Dr Sue Mcgonigal and Cllr Clive Hart, surely given the recent reports of Thanet's council continuing reputation problems, would in not make sense for the Chief Exec and for Labour leader to step down, till such time as a proper investigation has been made concerning EKO planning matter.
Still maybe those well paid people administering Thanet council didn't read the report from the LGA (local government association), or maybe they just don't get it.
PS I just wonder whether hacks at the Isle of Thanet Gazette?KM Thanet Extra have balls to properly report these goings on.