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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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Our Position Paper for the Final Meeting

Unfortunately, but perhaps inevitably, parts of the process and the output of the Governance Commission have not been as we had hoped. Here’s a summary of our concerns, which we have shared with all the Commission members. (This refers to the Public Reports Pack.) CDCD Position Paper on the Draft Report of the Governance Commission by HerneBayMatters

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Key points for Monday 20th October

We would like to raise the following points at the Governance Commission meeting on Monday 20th October:- 1. DESIGN PRINCIPLES (Section 1):‘Engagement’ appears as an afterthought, a poor relation of Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness. We suggest that ‘Empowerment’, ‘Transparency’, and ‘Accountability’ should be added, to achieve the right balance between ‘Best Value’ principles and ‘Democratic Process’ principles. The one-word principles …

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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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Our Submission to the Commission

Here is our submission to the Governance Commission. Without being boastful, it is carefully thought through, well-written, and has been well received. Let us know what you think.

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Tight timetable for changes at council

Neatly summed up by the Gazette. The timetable is tighter than any of us would like. It would be a false economy (of time) to skimp on the first steps – understanding what needs fixing and why. Herne Bay Gazette, 11th Sep 2014 There is no time to waste on creating a new decision-making structure at city hall, says council …

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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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The end of the beginning…

The final meeting of the Governance Commission took place on 10th November – many thanks to all of you came. There was full opportunity for members of the public to contribute to the discussion on the form the new system should take, and the formulation of the Report which will go to Council on 27th November. Chris Gay as Chair …

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Have your say on the Council’s system of governance…

They’re asking your opinion. They want to know what you think. Tell them. The Commission NEEDS to hear from as many organisations and residents with views on governance as possible. The online questionnaire is largely a tick box exercise which can be frustratingly restrictive in places, but there’s space enough for comments. (The last question leaves some room to raise …

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