Wednesday, 3 April 2013
KCC Election Candidate calls for Abolition of KCC
Ramsgate Independent KCC election candidate, Ian Driver, is calling for the abolition of KCC and arguing for its replacement by a new East Kent Coastal Council (EKCC).
“KCC is old-fashioned, expensive and out of touch with the needs of Ramsgate, Thanet and East Kent” said Driver, “ Being ruled from Maidstone by councillors and officers who don’t understand our problems, or appreciate our massive potential, means that we will never get a fair deal”.
“I believe that a new East Kent Coastal Council made up of a merger of Thanet, Dover & Shepway District Councils and possibly Canterbury City Council, should replace KCC. This is already beginning to happen. Thanet, Dover, Shepway and Canterbury councils are sharing services like housing, human resources, IT, planning. So why stop there? A new unitary council in East Kent could eliminate large areas of service duplication which will save taxpayers £millions”.
Most important of all said Driver “a new East Kent Coastal Council will be run by councillors and officers who live in the area and genuinely understand the needs of our communities and the possibilities for developing business opportunities and the talents of our people. This has got to be more effective than depending upon faceless bureaucrats in Maidstone”.
If I'm elected to KCC in May, my campaign to replace it with a new council does not mean that that I will sit back and do nothing for 4 years. Quite the reverse! I will be working hard on a broad range of County Council issues like regeneration, education, health and education.
Driver has also published an election blogsite which sets out his policies for the forthcoming KCC election http://vote4driver.blogspot.co.uk/