Proposals to merge Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Shepway councils into an East Kent Super Council in just 2 years is likely to lead to one of the most fundamental changes in the how this part of Kent has been governed in over a century.
If it goes ahead the merger will create the largest district council in the UK. It will be responsible for providing service to a population of over 600,000, which is three times the population of an average London Borough. The decision to go ahead with this merger will have massive implications for the future of our children, our grand children and their children. So it important we make the right decision.
I’ve not had the chance to properly read and evaluate the merger plans. I hope to do so over the next few days. I will then blog about my views. However, my initial take on the plans are that they are top down and designed to suit the needs and interests of East Kent's political establishment and the council officer elite. I’m also very worried by the lack of any proper and robust public consultation process. Its almost as if Kent’s power elite don’t trust the people and intend to force this huge merger on us whether we like it or not.
Whatever my views on the merger might be – pro or anti – I believe that a democratic/ political change as large, important ad fundamental as this should not take place without a referendum of the people being held in Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Shepway.
If anyone is interested in joining me to set up a non-party political campaign group to fight for a Super Referendum for a Super Council across East Kent please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is important!