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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by alan naylor

22nd June 2014, at 15:46:34

Mr Mazillius only on the I O W are they complexities and difficulties of local goverment thats becaues its cut off from the real world however thats what the majority of people want and have over the years the situation breeds small talk and narrow outlook hence the quote Shanklin Thearter and the farting small swimming pool not forgetting the road repairs

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by roger mazillius

22nd June 2014, at 08:02:50

Thanks Simon. Who said anything about politics is fair! May be after 8 years it was time for a change - that certainly seems to be a political pattern but analysing results, there were several very close contests which could have left us as the majority group instead of merely equalling the 15 "Indie" seats.
Now the "Indies" are understanding the complexities and difficulties of local government, time will show how they perform. By the present standards, not at all in line with their election campaign literature.

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by Simon Haytack

21st June 2014, at 16:54:35

Roger, if you gave the Island what it wanted, you wouldn't have been kicked out. I don't think anyone in the last administration should start talking about education.

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by roger mazillius

21st June 2014, at 15:48:46

"Square One", Mat. The majority of the electorate wanted a two-tier education system; no parking increases for four years; no council tax increase for three years; reduce the cost of local representation by lowering the number of Councillors from 48 to 40; hugely reducing the number of Directors and senior management saving thousands of pounds, increasing the amount of accommodation at County Hall to save hundreds of thousands of premises costs and making spare premises available for sale to meet the capital costs; providing new schools and expanded accommodation to meet new size primary schools; achieving the best ever Island GCSE results; making excellent community transfers of well liked local amenities eg The Waterside Pool and Shanklin Theatre; new roads surfaces, pavements, lighting etc to be built over seven years and then maintained for the next 18 years all paid out of general taxation not local council tax and much more - all delivered!

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by Mat Thomas

20th June 2014, at 17:25:46

You have got your work cut out to scrutinise them Geoff. The Indies seem to be running out of steam. If they lose the plot and detach themselves from the wishes of the voters we will be back to square one again.

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