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Which is Laziest Party in TDC? (It might surprise you)

Which party worked hardest for you in Thanet District Council?

Not all parties are the same and today we can tell you who the laziest and hardest working parties are in Thanet District Council (TDC).

This is what the make up of TDC looks like at the moment (for this chart I have not adjusted for certain disgraced members and recently unlisted members of parties).

TDC Party make up 2015

Going from the council's own record of meeting attendance since the last election, as you would expect, the number of meetings attended roughly reflects this. Although some parties are clearly doing more than others.

This is what happens when we chart the work (in terms of meetings attended) by the parties (not such a big change). You might notice that some parties are doing more or less by a small amount (or so it seems) than their membership count might indicate.

Per Party Work in TDC

However when we rescale for party size something interesting is shown - there is a hard working group and a very lazy one too. It's not what you would think from these charts.

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Vote Matthew Brown for TDC

Matthew is standing as a candidate for election to TDC in Dane Valley.

Matt, the founder of Thanet Star, is again standing for election to Thanet District Council in Dane Valley this year. He stood previously at the last elections and gave both Tory and Labour a run for their money.

between elections he has been campaigning on a number of issues and continues to fight for honesty and transparency in TDC.

Unlike other candidates, who say what you want to hear and then vanish, I am a local lad with the same interests in seeing things sorted out as everyone else. Says Matt. Unlike the Tory that was not even living in the same country or the Labour councillors that promise action but fail to deliver I actually care about Dane Valley and Millmead and want to make a difference. Win or lose I will still be here doing my best for the area where I live.

Matt will be published a series of editorials in the run up to the election talking about what he hopes to achieve.

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Good luck figuring out your vote this year

One of the problems with being a voter is, that apart from that there are not many of us left, that council votes and national votes need sometimes to be flatly contradictory.

This year, unless you are a Lib-Dem voter, the chances are that to get the best deal all round you may need to vote very differently in each section.

For example if you live in Thanet South and plan on voting tactically then you are more than likely going to vote Labour to avoid getting UKIP. However at the council level the last thing you should be doing is letting Labour or UKIP anywhere near power. That said, you also would be an idiot to let the Conservatives back into TDC.

Likewise in Thanet North tactical voting really means Choosing between Conservatives (yet again) and Lib-Dem. Although you are likely to get Roger Gale back and doing very little however you vote. Seems fair... not. However in TDC you might (depending on your ward) have a choice to keep out either Labour or Conservative but not always both.

So when it comes to TDC what are your choices?

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Lib Dems critical of TDCs poor local plan

The Liberal Democrats have strongly criticised Thanet District Council's inability to put together a coherent plan.

In response to what might well be the worst thought out local plan yet, Liberal Democrat George Cunningham has been sharply critical of TDC.

To put it simply, the TDC proposal isn't local, and it isn't a plan. He says. According to Cunningham's statement the "local plan" fails to address the needs of the local people and calls for houses without infrastructure or any clue as to if they are even needed.

The Liberal Democrat PPC also expresses concern that this half-baked local plan is simply a back-door excuse to cover Manston in houses and call it "popular demand".

We hope also that the Plan has not been written in such a way that its likely wholesale rejection by this consultation does not lead TDC to use it as an excuse after the 7th May election to insist Manston Airport become the brownfield housing site for Thanet "by popular demand".

Put simply it is like TDC are ready to just roll over and accommodate the poor that the Tories are focused on kicking out of London. Would it be so bad if we actually addressed some of our own needs before helping displace people on the basis of rich people's greed?

Thanet needs a plan for jobs and economic regeneration. Says Cunningham and I agree with him.

Where is the planning for economic growth? Where is the planning for jobs and businesses? Where is the planning to solve the existing problems of Thanet rather than making even more problems that TDC has proven it is incapable of addressing?

The Lib Dems are clearly worried that TDC does not know what it is doing and we are all going to suffer as a result.

It is not hard to see that the Lib Dems are right about TDC.

After all TDC have consistently demonstrated an inability to put the people of Thanet first regardless of whether Tory or Labour hold a majority.

Just take the council's sudden and insulting U-turn on it's own "plans" for what is left of the Little Oasis Crazy Skate site.

You could be forgiven for thinking that TDC has not got the first idea it is actually doing.

The only answer is to stop voting party political and actual elect local people to a local government. Not just any local people but local people that have shown that they care enough about Thanet to actual do something rather than sit in power and help themselves to lucrative back room deals.

This utterly worthless attempt at a local plan is proof that neither Labour nor Tory are fit to run Thanet's Council. If it looks like corruption, smells like corruption and barks like corruption what is it?

Just how many TDC councillors are in the building or property trade exactly? Clearly the answer to far too many.

Time for a complete change at TDC, don't you agree?

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Did Thanet Labour lie to us?

Are Thanet District Council conflicted over Manston or is there a secret agenda?

Manston Airport

Back in September last year it seemed like crazy talk that Thanet District Council might try to wriggle out of a CPO for Manston. This year it is a cold hard fact.

This year TDC are actively fighting the government itself to avoid making that purchase.

What we are wondering right now is why no questions are being asked of Thanet Labour who more or less out right said that they had no intention of carrying out a CPO.

If the leading party at TDC were prejudiced against the process before they started was there a conflict of interests for them to carry out the consultation in the first place?

When Iris Johnson seemed to slip up when she told Meridian news that they would not be carrying out a CPO was this simply the natural honesty of someone not used to misleading the public?

Did this change of direction stem from bribes, some internal agenda or was the CPO consultation just a way to keep things at arms length until after the election?

In short did Thanet Labour lie to us?

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Did you know?

Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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MP Roger Gail (thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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Did you know

MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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Too popular

On Wednesday 28th May the article The staggering truth about Gloag's Manston deal was so popular that it was briefly unreachable as the server could not supply pages fast enough.

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Did Labour Lie?

Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line? Comment now on Thanet Star.

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MRP Minutes

All of the Margate Renewal Partnership Board Meeting Minutes (Via FOI)

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Manston Airport

Two weeks to find Manston Airport buyer says North Thanet MP (via BBC)

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CCG to review

Thanet CCG told by High Court judge that policy on assistive reproduction technique is “unlawful”. [link]

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Good comments

Generally longer, more in depth, comments get flagged as spam less often.

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