Monday, 10 December 2012
Minority Labour Administration suppresses debate
In a cynical act of political arrogance, the minority Labour administration, with the help of two members of the Thanet Independent Group and the casting vote of the Labour Chairman of Council, have blocked vital debate on the Royal Sands (Pleasurama)development site.
Conservative Group leader, Cllr Bob Bayford, said after last Thursday’s vote: “Despite the public interest in this issue, particularly in Ramsgate, and the fact that millions of pounds of public money is at stake, the minority Labour administration has suppressed any debate on Royal Sands. As always, the so called Thanet ‘Independents’, Cllrs Jack Cohen and John Worrow voted with the Labour Group to prop up its secretive and undemocratic approach to running this Council.”
“Then the final coup de grace was delivered by Council’s ineffectual and biased Labour Chairman, Cllr Doug Clark who put party before public and used his casting vote to block debate.
“Since the Chairman clearly failed to uphold the Council Constitution’s central principles of fairness and public interest, the Conservative Group is calling for his immediate resignation.
“This is yet another bad day for democracy in Thanet under this minority Labour administration.”
*The Council’s Constitution states in Article 5 that the Chairman of the Council must:
Para 2: ‘preside over meetings of the Council so that its business can be carried out…with regards to the …interests of the community.’
Para 3: ‘ensure that the Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which members who are not on the Cabinet or hold Committee Chairs are able to hold the Cabinet and Committee Chairmen to account.’Para 5: ‘be the conscience of the Council.’