Yesterday afternoon, I met with Thanet Council Leader, Sandy Ezekiel and put to him, some of the questions that readers left for me last week.
A five minute audio interview turned into ten minutes, Sandy Ezekiel’s first ‘Podcast’ but I suspect that we had more than enough material to go on for an hour or so.
With this in mind, we came up with another idea. Each week, I will take what readers tell me is the most pressing issue to take-up with the council. It could be Westwood Cross, Dreamland, Litter, Planning, you name it. I will then put this and any supporting material to Sandy Ezekiel who will give us a written answer in a column of his own.
I think that this is an excellent idea. It makes local government in Thanet more accountable, receptive and more visibly “in touch” with what people are thinking than ever before and every and any step forward towards a more positive working relationship between public servants and the population at large has to be a good thing in my mind so my thanks to Sandy Ezekiel for his cooperation.
On another note, I’ve had an email from the BBC Politics Show which says:
“We are currently filming our first two campaign groups and are planning to film a couple more later in this run – June time. Either myself or Trudi, the programme editor, will be in touch later this month when we decide which groups we’ll be focussing on.”
So Perhaps ThanetLife will feature on the political landscape this summer?
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