What price democracy? Having written to officers and councillors in December about my concerns at the proposed closure to Herne Bay Museum, I sat back and, it would seem wrongly, assumed that democracy would take its course. But no! I have received no reply from either senior officers to whom I wrote or senior elected representatives. I am now very deeply perturbed at the apparent sham of democracy.
The consultation process states that £3 million needed to be saved. The options available for alleged consultation are £3 million. Where is the element of choice? Where is the space for consultation and negotiation? I cannot see. Maybe our representatives and their officers could explain their strategy to us?
The cost of this futile exercise could have been better used by retaining some of the services that Canterbury residents feel are important to the quality of their lives. It seems to me that officers and councillors, having fallen woefully short in their duty of care and civic duties in their handling of this process, should be made to answer. Please respond! There is a real need for openness and accountability.
Tony Bendrey, Wentworth Gardens, Herne Bay
Herne Bay Gazette, February 4th 2010