Improving councillor accountability to residents

By Anne Lee on September 12, 2017

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Wouldn’t it be good if you could tell at a glance which councillors from all parties attend meetings on a regular basis? Also which don’t even give their apologies?

Councillors are accountable to the electorate after all, and as such residents should easily be able to discover how they are being represented.

I am proposing that Kettering Borough Council’s website includes those details in future. The proposal needs to go through the right committees, but I hope that the idea will become reality soon.

Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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