Leading Isle of Wight councillors to face questions by scrutiny committee

By Emily Pearce

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

Leading Isle of Wight councillors to face questions by scrutiny committee

Chariman of the Isle of Wight Council scrutiny committe Cllr Geoff Lumley. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

LEADING Isle of Wight councillors are to be quizzed by watchdogs.

The council's scrutiny committee will invite an executive member to give a short presentation and answer questions at each meeting.

First in the hotseat will be Cllr Jon Gilbey, who is responsible for finance and the highways PFI contract.

He has been invited to attend the next meeting, on July 3.

Scrutiny committee chair Cllr Geoff Lumley said: "This new initiative is an attempt to really get into the nitty-gritty of what executive members are doing after a year in office. They already appear at our committee to talk about upcoming decisions for the executive, but this tries to look at their roles more strategically.

"I am optimistic it will see a real shift in the quality of scrutiny, which had drifted for so long until the change of administration last year."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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