A THANET WATCH REPORT. On November 29 2014 campaigners against live animal exports from the port of Ramsgate held a demonstration to show the strength of their feelings about the continuing trade in live animals being shipped to Europe in poor conditions and on very long journeys. All political parties were invited to send speakers. The UKIP representative, Piers Wauchope, was shouted down. Wauchope promised to put a ban on live exports in their manifesto, but animal rights activists say that UKIP is being hypocritical because they still support fox hunting. http://www.thanewtwatch.wordpress.com
A significant percentage of the members of Thanet Council are “lazy good for nothings”, “don’t have a clue about what’s being discussed” and “are not fit to run Legoland”. Read councillor Ian Driver’s damning verdict on council behaviour in the new issue of THANET WATCH magazine.
PLUS: ●THE DIRTY FACTS about Thanet’s rubbish company, Veolia. ●MP LAURA – why is she really standing down at the next election? ●UKIP’S DEMONS … and the danger of not voting by Steven Todd. ●THE FUTURE: Will 2014 will really be a “year of wonders” for Thanet? ●THE HOLIDAYS: a unique guide to things to do in the coming weeks All this and more in the new issue of THANET WATCH magazine out in newsagents and shops now.
This is extracted from Thanet Council’s film of the full council meeting on October 3rd 2013. At this meeting Thanet Council ejected a member of the public for trying to record the meeting. This was the second time they had thrown someone out for filming. Ironically it was at this meeting that they decided to make the rules on filming council meetings even more stringent.
THANET QUESTION TIME Thanet Question Time will be on Friday 8 November at 7.30pm, The Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs. Panel includes Thanet South MP Laura Sandys, Councillor Will Scobie and Green Party councillor Ian Driver. If you want to come ring 01843 604 253 or 07989 070843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
A THANET WATCH REPORT. Thanet Green Councillor Ian Driver calls for action over the failure of ferry company Transeuropa after it went bust owing more than £3 million to Thanet District Council. Driver blames the Chief Executive and the leaders of the previous administration, and the current one, who all went on letting the debt accumulate without the public knowing for three years.
Thanet Benefit Justice group begin a campaign against the bedroom tax.
People in Thanet, East Kent, speak of the impact of the tax on their lives.
A councillor compares the new tax to the poll tax which brought Mrs Thatcher down.
A THANET WATCH REPORT. On April 23rd the Overview and Scrutiny Panel of Thanet Council met to discuss Ramsgate seafront and missing art from council buildings. The chair, Ian Driver, had said he would welcome filming from local journalists. But when we set up to film, the councillors and the council official present objected. This film is of highlights of the debate before we were asked to stop filming. Full report in Thanet Watch magazine
A THANET WATCH REPORT. Extracts from a Question Time format meeting in Broadstairs about political corruption in Thanet. Following the imprisonment of former Conservative council leader Sandy Ezekiel residents discuss the possible safeguards against corruption. On the panel: Louise Oldfield, citizen journalist, Ian Driver, independent councillor on Thanet district council and Norman Thomas, editor Thanet Watch magazine. More in Thanet Watch magazine for April.
Councillor Ian Driver, chair of the council’s Overview & Scrutiny committee says he’s committed to revealing secret documents about the scandal over Ramsgate’s sea front. But, he says, people in the council are trying to gag him…