from the Canterbury Times:
“Unprecedented” democracy debate to take place
Campaigners are expected to pack a meeting on Thursday for a debate on the issue of local democracy. Members of the Campaign for Democracy in Canterbury District are calling the meeting “unprecedented” because it will feature cross-party discussion on the way forward for Canterbury City Council.
Tory councillors Neil Baker and Simon Cook have put forward a motion to the full council calling for a change from the ruling executive system to committees, and say it would give more transparency when decisions are made. It follows a petition from CDCD calling for a referendum after concerns the executive system gives the power to a handful of councillors who make all the decisions.
Professor Jan Pahl will present the petition and ask that officials hold a full consultation to people understand the reasons for change and what a committee system would mean. She said:
“If we want a system which is more open and democratic, then the process of getting it should also be open and democratic.”
The group has also written to all councillors asking for their views, and added responses to their website www.cdcd.co.uk and members of the public are also asked to give their views.
The meeting starts at 7pm, Thursday 24th April in the Guildhall, Canterbury
Canterbury Times 22nd Apr 2014