Thanet Star

Which councillors are AWOL?

In the last six months Cllr David Green has been to more meetings than Cllr Chris Wells (who has missed half of his) and Cllr Simon Moores (who hasn't) put together. While Cllr Douglas Clark failed to show up for around three quarters of his meetings. This is our review of Councillor attendance.

Thanet District Council publish the attendance records of thier council members. Here I've chosen to focus on the best and worst of the Thanet Districts elected council. Although for reference a school would have something strong to say about any child dipping below 95% (the worst this (half) year was less than 29%).

The figures cover the six month period From the third of November last year to the twenty-eigth of April this year. In attendance means that there was a meeting that they were not listed for but they showed up for anyway.

The most absent councillors in Thanet

While the lowest attendance by any councillor award goes to Douglas W Clark who missed a staggering three quarters of his meetings the next most tardy councillor in Thanet District is Chris Wells. Chris who inexplicably is standing for election to KCC while clearly struggling to manage his TDC responsibilities managed to attend just 4 of his required meetings.

These absent without leave councillors are joined by councillors Ken Gregory and Michael Roberts who tie for third place in the failed to show up top three. Even so these two both managed to attend slightly more of their meetings. Ken missed just 2 of the mere five meetings he was supposed to be at while Michael attended the most meetings making it to a whole 6 gatherings.




































Cllr



Expected



Present



In attendance



% Present



Cllr
Michael J Roberts



10



6



0



60.00%



Cllr
Ken Gregory



5



3



0



60.00%



Cllr
Christopher T Wells



8



4



2



50.00%



Cllr
Douglas W Clark



7



2



0



28.57%


If these councillors are struggling to do their duty then there is no shame in standing down and making way for someone who will do the job.

Next up: we've seen who has been bad - now lets see who has been good.

The best attending councillors

Just as in school attendance alone does not make one the best pupal but it does at least indicate a commitment to making an effort to at least look interested in the job. This rather long list of councillors who tied for first place with 100% attendance goes to show this. If these councillors can fit in all of their meetings (and find time for more) then the skivers from the other list should be able to do so too.



































































































Cllr



Expected



Present



In attendance



% Present



Cllr
Mrs Iris Johnston



11



11



6



100.00%



Cllr
David Green



10



10



6



100.00%



Cllr
Simon Moores



4



4



5



100.00%



Cllr
Michael Tomlinson



27



27



3



100.00%



Cllr
Michelle Fenner



15



15



3



100.00%



Cllr
Martin Wise



7



7



3



100.00%



Cllr
Clive Hart



9



9



2



100.00%



Cllr
Peter Campbell



31



31



1



100.00%



Cllr
Mrs Julie Marson



13



13



1



100.00%



Cllr
Rick Everitt



15



15



0



100.00%



Cllr
Mike J Harrison



12



12



0



100.00%



Cllr
Miss Corinna Huxley



10



10



0



100.00%



Cllr
Mrs Linda L Aldred



6



6



0



100.00%


I should point out to our mostly missing foursome that over the same time Iris Johnston, David Green, Michael Tomlinson, Michelle Fenner and Peter Campbell each not only attended all of their meetings but attended more meetings than all four put together.

There are certain limitations to viewing the data this way. For example Simon Moores has only been to four meetings and that he was scheduled to attend and as this was all of his meetings he makes the attendees list. Chris Wells also only went to only four of his meetings but was supposed to attend another 4. Wells therefore makes the bottom attendees list because, really, how hard is it to get to a few meetings?

The three councillors who went to the most meetings (all attended over twenty-five meetings in total) are Thomas King (27), Michael Tomlinson (30) and Peter Campbell (32) yet only two of these are listed here.

Likewise the least attending council members were Sandy Ezekiel (2), Douglas W Clark (2) and Ken Gregory (3).

So what can we learn from these numbers?

One thing is clear - some council members are doing a lot more to earn their keep than others. Indeed some should be asked to step down if they can't be bothered to show up for a meeting once every four to six weeks. It's what they were elected for.

Perhaps if the amount of allowance we paid these councillors were reduced by the rate of non attendance they might actually bother to get out of bed and show up?

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