RESER­VA­TIONS EX­PRESSED

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

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.

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