The silence is deafening
THE senior executive charged with delivering jobs and houses to Ashford quit his own job this week. Martin Bacon, who was generously paid out of public funds and enjoyed a six-figure salary, abruptly resigned amid a swirl of rumours. But what has Ashford council had to say about it all? With the exception of a paltry one-paragraph statement and a few bland comments from its leader, precisely nothing. Our questions about the story and its ramifications for Ashford’s Future, the quango Mr Bacon headed, were rebuffed several times with a series of curt “no comments.” Openness and accountability are, sadly, increasingly alien concepts to a council wedded to the view that it should be the ultimate judge of what information its citizens ought to have. Mr Bacon was a high-profile figure with a critical role. But the quango he headed now has no one at the helm. A cause for concern? Not if you are Ashford council, which pulled down the shutters and has had absolutely nothing to say about how this will affect the drive to secure 28,000 jobs, vital regeneration projects and the huge house-building programme. Its attitude appears to be that this is a little local difficulty that ought not to trouble the hard-pressed council taxpayers of the borough. What an insult. The council leader has even had the temerity to suggest it represents an opportunity. Not even Alastair Campbell could spin like that.
Its attitude appears to be that this is a little local difficulty that ought not to trouble the hardpressed council taxpayers of the borough. What an insult