All of Broadland's 47 district council seats are being contested on May 5th. This is the one chance for local people to really have some influence, even to put themselves forward as candidates. Over 500 town and parish council seats might also be contested on the same day.
The community needs people who will stand and challenge the direction being taken by Broadland District Council. Otherwise, the present leader and cabinet system will continue, where a small group take over the council and control the decision-making process. Anybody wishing to influence local authority policy must penetrate this inner sanctum. This cabinet is made up mostly of members from the ruling political group.
The cabinet system of running district councils allows councillors to delegate authority to selected members and officers of the Council which results in some individuals holding most of the power. They achieve this by having power delegated by committee resolutions as here: "delegate authority to Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy & Conservation and Director of Strategy and Chief Planner". Those two positions within Broadland District Council will influence the future of Broadland forever. Power and politics are a heady combination.
Why? well they are planning to build 10,000 to 12,000 extra houses in the fringes of Norwich and claim that they have a mandate to do this. This a town bigger than Thetford!