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Democracy is now facing questions

I THINK it absolutely unbelievable that a list of people attending the frack big meeting was requested. Are we living in a democracy or a police state? Mauresn Hillier, By a-mail

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Council reverts to old-style committee for decision-making

New system to engage public on their opinion The city council has forñiâlly agreed to introduce a new system of local government. At a meeting at the Guildhall last Thursday, councillors voted unanimously to ditch the executive structure and replace it with an old-style committee system. The move follows pressure put on the council over the way it tried to …

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The Agenda for the future

The newly formed Governance Commission will be having its first meeting on Monday 8th September at 7.30pm in the Guildhall, Westgate, Canterbury. This will be a public meeting. Come one, come all – see the future being made in front of your very eyes! GovComm Agenda 2014-09-08

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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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A more open Council – some suggestions

a personal view from Dave Wilson: As the City Council sets out its proposed Executive-based committee structure for the next 12 months, it’s time for those who want a different system to recognise that a reversion to a committee system alone cannot of itself prevent ‘strong leadership’ dominating and being autocratic – what is needed is to elect Councillors who …

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This is Brilliant!

Have a look at http://uk.votematch.eu/ As it says: “Vote Match is a short quiz which aims to help you find the party that best reflects your political views in the 2014 European elections”. Quick, easy and useful – what more could you ask for? Whatever party it tells you is the best match for you, PLEASE vote in the election. …

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The Need for Change

We’ve been looking long and hard at our local democracy, trying to identify what needs fixing. We’ve come up with the (quite long) list below. Some of these are symptoms of deeper or wider problems. Some are problems in their own right. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list very few have simple solutions changing to a committee-based system …

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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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Reaction to the Council vote

The Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District (CDCD) welcomes the adoption of the motion at last Thursday night’s Council meeting to reform the way in which the Council makes decisions. We see it as a good first step, but we do not yet know what the outcome will be, and whether it will lead to a real change.  We do …

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If you live in the Canterbury City Council area…

There is a campaign afoot to improve the way our Council is run, by making it more democratic. The current “Leader & Executive” system concentrates power in just a few hands, resulting in decisions (opposing village green applications, the Westgate Towers traffic trial, the Local Plan and so on) that are against the public interest, and even against the wishes …

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