The Kapiti Coast District Council should stop playing games and start embracing public participation and transparency, according to Paekakariki-Raumati Ward candidate Guy Burns.

“Like many Kapiti Coasters, I’m horrified at the nonsense that goes in at our Council meetings,” Mr Burns said today. “The latest fiasco occurred when Council called Police to remove a member of the public from the Council chambers on Thursday 29 September because he wanted to record part of the Council meeting [see previous post].

“Council sessions are broadcast live on the Internet, and media representatives are often there with tape recorders, so it’s really unclear why such a big deal was made about this. It’s time for Councillors to be more accepting of public participation and embrace transparency.

“All too often, the focus of our Council is on how to keep the public out of decision-making, and how to dodge accountability. If I am elected this October, I pledge that I will to improve transparency and public participation in the work of Council.”

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Guy Burns

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