On September 13 a secret committee of Rother District Council (RDC) met to discuss civil parking enforcement (CPE) in Bexhill and outlying districts such as Rye.
This elite unit of crack RDC Councillors is called the Civil Parking and Enforcement Task and Finish Group and in its infinite wisdom it decided to vote 5-3 against allowing the public to attend their future deliberations. Apparently, the CPE issue is so sensitive, grubby members of the public must be shut out of meetings and we will have to rely on whatever minutes the Committee chooses to make public to find out bits of what might have been discussed.
The issue of CPE affects all of us, but Councillors Oliver and Field were joined by just one other councillor to vote for open doors and full public scrutiny.
Once again RDC has shown its inbuilt and massive democratic deficiency. Those five councillors who believe that Council Tax payers should be kept out of public affairs should hang their heads in shame.
This secrecy is the sort of nonsense one might expect of South American juntas or cult religions. It is not acceptable in the UK.
Photo: John Minter
Image Credits: John Minter .