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The final rubber-stamping?

Don’t miss the Council discussion on the Governance Commission’s report about the proposed structure for our future committee system… Thursday 27th November, Guildhall, 7pm (item 8).   We know that a couple (or more?) councillors are against this. It should be interesting to see who stands up and speaks out for and against… How will your councillor speak and vote? Come along …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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A proposed new Committee structure for our Council

At the next meeting of the Governance Commission, everyone will start getting their teeth into the meat and gristle of the task in hand. The Council officers have produced a draft committee structure, so our councillors will now be on more familiar territory, dealing with practicalities and analysing the workability of the proposals. The public reports pack for the meeting …

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Notice of Motion – Future system of governance for the city council

8. Notice of Motion – Future system of governance for the city council In response to a Notice of Motion, proposed by Councillors S Cook and Baker, at the meeting on 24 April 2014 Full Council passed the following resolution:- “This Council believes that a Committee system is appropriate for its Governance in the future and asks the political management …

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Pivotal Council meeting coming up

Monday July 14th at 6.30pm in the Guildhall, Westgate, Canterbury. The PMMP (Political Management Member Panel) is the special committee within the Council that has responsibility for looking after the Council’s constitution, structure and operation. For the first time ever it will be meeting in public (thanks in part to nudging from us), to discuss the proposed change to a …

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We need to keep accountability

There cannot be many drier subjects than the way the council reaches its decisions. Whether Canterbury City Council should continue with the executive system of local government or change to a committee-based system is unlikely to dominate the conversation in the district’s pubs or living rooms tonight. But that does not mean it’s not important, and those who are determined …

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Making the decisions that affect YOUR lives – have your say

BIG CHOICES NEED TO BE MADE ABOUT THE FUTURE, …BUT IS CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL MAKING THEM IN THE RIGHT WAY? JOIN THE DEBATE Swingeing budget cuts, government demands to build hundreds of homes, a cavalcade of controversies – all have put the way Canterbury City Council makes its decisions under the microscope. Here, Sian Pettman and Richard Norman from the …

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Make sure local voices are heard

Thank you for your report of the council’s vote in favour of replacing its executive system with a committee system, as a better way of making its decisions (City Council Looks At A Return To Old Committee System, Herne Bay Gazette, May 1). However, your headline is misleading. It doesn’t have to be the old version of the committee system. …

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Council to examine future committee structure

A motion proposing investigating the scrapping of the council’s cabinet-style executive has been passed – paving the way for a return to a committee system. The development follows widespread concern about the way decisions are being taken by the Tory leadership, which many say is secretive and does not take into account the views of other councillors and the public. …

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Cllr Jeremy Bellamy – a reply

It’s refreshing to read Cllr Bellamy’s thoughts on governance. We need more contributions like this from Councillors who have their doubts about a change to a committee system and are prepared to discuss them in an honest and open-minded way. He’s right, of course, that we shouldn’t talk as though what we have now is a total absence of democracy, …

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