We’re borrowing the logo of the Surrey Heath Conservative Association for this item. Why? Well, the Leader of the Borough Council is giving a live Facebook broadcast tomorrow evening, and today we’re showing the questions that we’ve submitted for the event. We’ve worked on the basis that the occasion will focus on the Leader’s views and activities, and will not be just another opportunity to discuss parking, poo and potholes.
We would tell you the precise start time of the event (search for Moira Gibson’s Facebook Page to find out a bit more), but it’s either 6:30pm or 7:00pm depending on where you get the information! Oops.
Anyway, here is what we’re submitting. We could have added more:
“Congratulations on setting up a Facebook Page for residents, Moira.
“I’ve set out a number of questions below which relate largely to the role and perspective of the Leader, rather than to specific activities by the borough council. I imagine that the latter will be discussed mainly within the #TalkSurreyHeath interactive live stream events?
“What does the role of Leader involve, over and above being a councillor? The general meaning of the word ‘leader’ is obvious, but can you give us specific examples, please?
“To what extent does the Leader act in a way that reflects their own political affiliation rather than the perspective of the whole council?
“The Leader appoints the Executive. The UK Government’s Cabinet can include non-MPs; can (and should) the Executive include non-councillors, especially when the council is predominantly composed of councillors from the same party?
“The US twenty-second Amendment says a person can only be elected to be president twice, for a total of eight years . Would it not be a good idea for council Leaders to be similarly restricted?
“How many marks out of ten would Surrey Heath residents give the borough council for its performance?
“How many marks out of ten would YOU give the borough council for its performance? Is there anything that you would like to change?
“You have started a Facebook Page because “residents can sometimes get frustrated at not being able to get answers to seemingly simple questions.“ Why are current channels of communication not working?
“If there is a perceived weakness in the operation of the council staff, what measures are available to elected councillors to initiate corrective action?
“If a councillor, or group of councillors, is seen as being disruptive within the council, what measures can the Leader take to overcome this? Would implementing them be counter to democracy?
“I understand that the borough’s councillors are paid a total of rather more than a quarter of a million pounds a year. Is this too much or too little?”