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Local Government Association Inspectors Peer Review Report

According to my sources the Local Government Association Inspectors visited Thanet District Council in early March to carry out a Peer Review. The report that result from this has been with the Chief Executive and the Council Leader (Labour Councillor Clive Hart) for around a month now and Clive Hart seems determined to sit upon it.

In order to find out exactly what Clive is playing at I have made a freedom of information request demanding a copy of the report or the specifics of the law being used to keep the report silent. I have also asked for a date as to when we can expect to see the report.

The request has been made publically and can be followed on whatdotheyknow.com.

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TDC making a plan, honest.

Thanet District Council are stepping up plans and not, as I first read, having someone step up.

When I first read the headline Plans to find operator for Dreamland site steps up I honestly thought that someone had come forward to run the theme park. (Something I'd be more than willing to do). However on re-reading and re-re-reading it seems that the news is that the council are planning to find someone which is something we all expected them to have been doing already.

Apparently The council... has put together a funding package to start work on the project, though it has yet to find an operating company with the necessary technical expertise to run the park.

So, no actual news here then?

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Did police allow Broadstairs woman to be killed?

Thanet Police

Today I read that four emergency call centre workers are being investigated for alleged gross misconduct by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as Judge Philip Statman criticises police handling of calls made by Anne-Marie Birch in the days before she was murdered in Broadstairs.

This brings to mind when Thanet Star writer Illisia wrote recently about the Kent police unwillingness to help two distressed children. We asked if the Kent Police priorities are out of order?

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» Continue Reading: Did police allow Broadstairs woman to be killed?

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Are Labour really up to no good?

Thanet's Labour Party are once more in the spotlight for bad behaviour.

Clive Hart - drunk with power?

The Greens are accusing Labour's Clive Hart of interfearing with an indipendant investigation. The allegation is that Labour's Clive Hart and his Cabinet (Councillors Michelle Fenner, Allan Poole and Rick Everitt) have actually put forward a proposal to replace the officer carrying out the "independent" investigation.

The Labour led proposal would result in the departure of the Council’s Monitoring Officer who is supposed to be managing the investigation into the allegations of improper behaviour. The Greens are suggesting that the replacement would be more of a yes man answerable to the Labour folks who would have just installed him.

This is the same Labour leader that was accused of deselecting a perfectly functional and, by all accounts, good at his job councillor to get Kay Dark (who allegedly never does much work) a seat to stand so he could have a chair that he could control.

How many more accusations of improper manipulation can this Labour leadership weather?

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Why did Will Scobie join the Tories?

Labour's Will Scobie has crossed the floor and joined the Conservative Party.

Labour's best chance of winning the South Thanet parliamentary seat has, today, announced that he will be standing as a Conservative candidate instead.

Speaking candidly at a press conference yesterday Will said that locally, at least, the two parties were so similar that they might as well be considered the same. Will also told shocked listeners that he had started to see that nationally the Labour party was far further to the left than he liked and now that the more extreme elements of the conservatives had outed themselves by joining UKIP he would feel much more at home with what was left of the conservative ranks.

The move, which has caused uproar in the Labour ranks was met with tight lipped silence from family members who clearly disapproved. His father suggested to press after that this was simply a case of youthful rebellion and that this was just a phase that Will needed to get out of his system. No serious politician wants to be a Tory, he said. All children experiment with things like drugs and Tory politics while at university and it was nothing to be ashamed of.

Clive Hart could not be reached for comment but is expected to give Will a mean look and block him on twitter until he repents - something people close to the leader expect should happen any time now really.

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