The management of my complaint is vested in the Council’s General Purposes Committee (GPC). The membership of the committee is made up of four Labour Councillors including Clive Hart and Michelle Fenner, four Conservatives, one UKIP and one Independent Councillor Tom King.Because of the alleged undermining and manipulation of my complaint by senior staff and GPC Chair Fenner (allegations which were set out in the, now redundant, Monitoring Officer’s 13 page letter – see my other posts) the Conservative, UKIP and Independent councillors on the GPC have begun to vote together to block any further possibility of misconduct and to ensure that my extremely serious allegations are dealt with in a fair and proper manner.
My informer tells me that a meeting was held very recently at which Council Leader Clive Hart allegedly asked council officers to advise him how could use his Labour Group majority voting power at next weeks Annual Council Meeting (15 May) to remove the UKIP or Independent member of the GPC and replace that councillor with a more “compliant” independent councillor who I assume will vote the way he or she might be instructed to do by the Hart administration.
If such manipulative and undemocratic actions were to succeed this means that the voting at the GPC would be Labour 4 plus the “compliant” Independent = 5 votes , Conservatives 4 plus 1 UKIP or 1 Independent =5 votes. This would mean votes will be tied giving the casting vote to Labour Councillor Michelle Fenner who the now redundant Monitoring Officer alleged in his letter had engaged in actions which he felt may have undermined a fair and proper investigation into my allegations.So there you have it, after the powers that be at Thanet Council allegedly tried to undermine, weaken and ultimately stop the investigation into a complaint about possible misconduct in public office, the Leader of Thanet Council is now, according to well placed sources, allegedly seeking advice about how he can use his party’s majority power to seize control of the GPC. I can only speculate that if this alleged plot succeeds the investigation into my complaint will be well and truly nobbled.
This is no way to lead a Council, especially a council which has recently been slated by the Local Government Association as being “toxic” and by its own Independent Standards advisers as secretive, out of touch and perceived as being corrupt. Is it any wonder that Thanet residents have no resepect for their North Korean style council.
In closing I would like to remind readers of this blog that Council Leader Clive Hart’s oft repeated mantra is that Thanet Council is “open and transparent”. I would like to hope this is true. But sadly it appears to me that Clive Hart is leading a Council at which it appears to be perfectly normal to operate in secrecy and prevent councillors from having access to information. Improperly influence planning officers. Undermine and cover-up serious allegations of misconduct in public office. Fix committee memberships in order to nobble investigations. Dismiss honest, hard working officers who blow the whistle on their less than scrupulous colleagues.
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So Come on Council Leader Hart prove me wrong, Prove to me that you really care about “openess and transparency". You can do this by demonstrating that you have no intention of allowing one of the most serious complaints ever submitted to Thanet Council from being undermined and nobbled. How? By not applying the dirty fix to the GPC which I have been reliably advised you might possibly be considering. To do anything less would speak volumes about your morals.