BACKBENCH county councillors expressed reservations about Kent TV after summoning council chief executive Peter Gilroy and Conservative leader Paul Carter to answer questions about the project. Conservative backbenchers were among those who voiced unease about the initiative during last week’s meeting of KCC’s policy scrutiny committee. One accused the ruling administration of failing to keep councillors informed of the plans. Cllr James Scholes (Con) said: “I am being asked to take a leap of faith and spend £600,000 and it is not a position I enjoy. I do not know what all the risks or opportunities are yet but I am taking some of the responsibility.” Fellow Conservative Chris Capon said the reaction of council taxpayers he had spoken to was that it was a waste of money. Cllr Derek Smyth (Lab) said assurances were needed to counter those worried the station could be used for party political purposes. Cllr Paul Carter told the meeting: “The news coverage will be in line with the Ofcom regulations.” The programming would be overseen by an independent board, he added.