Some TDC Members aren’t happy with some TDC Officers. Well, an Officer.
Subject: CANCELLATION OF AIRPORT WORKING PARTY MEETING
Dear Members of the Airport Working Party,
I am cancelling the Airport Working Party meeting which is scheduled for tomorrow [19th Feb] for the following reasons:
1. The paperwork was circulated too late for any useful discussion with officers as to its contents (or lack thereof).
My recollection from the original meeting was that the report should
focus on what we as a council can do to support economic growth using
the airport – and this question has not been addressed in the report.
am sorry that Members (and indeed others who may have planned to attend
from the press and public) may have been inconvenienced. I myself only
had sight of the report this Saturday morning (16th February).
well as asking Democratic Services to circulate AWP members and any
others who usually attend, I will ask for Members to be phoned to ensure
you receive the notification in time, however as Charles Hungwe is on
leave this week, I am also writing to you directly. Could you please
advise any substitute member you may have selected about the
cancellation, and anyone from the public you are aware of who planned to
wish it to go on record that I am truly shocked that a report which was
requested in October for a January meeting – and which was then delayed
several weeks as it was not complete, has not been available until two
(working) days before the meeting. This shows a complete lack of respect
for Scrutiny and for the members of the working party. That the report
only amounted to four pages really added insult to injury!
The report, “The role of Manston International Airport in a new regeneration strategy and overall economic strategy for Thanet” should be a key strategic document. Therefore
I can only surmise that either there is no work being done on this
vital topic (despite the request from Scrutiny), or we are not being
allowed access to the council’s emerging regeneration and economic
development policies, which is equally disturbing.
Either way, it makes a mockery of Scrutiny.
the main Scrutiny Panel agreed just last week to recommend that the
remit and number of Scrutiny committees be widened, we need to seriously
reflect on the purpose of the recommendation and its likely
effectiveness if not supported by the administration.
Jo Gideon, Chairman, Airport Working Party