Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Executive Meeting CWaC - goodbye Overview & Scrutiny Committee

It was CWaC's Executive today.  I had several reports from my former Overview & Scrutiny Committee to present.  I was delighted to see that the Executive accepted each of the reports unanimously.  This was really the final act of the old O&S Committee.   There had been much hard work from a small number of Councillors and an even smaller number of officers and it is testament to these colleagues that such excellent work has been produced with such scant resources.

In relation to these reports CWaC now has a commitment to engaging young people in its decision making processes.  It supports them being closely involved in scrutiny going forward and it also means that our Youth Parliament representatives will have a £10k pot to allocate to schemes of importance to them.

The decisions taken today also means that CWaC is serious about closer, more effective relations with our Town and Parish Councils and for them to be more effective.   There is much work to be done to make this a reality - but at least we have put a marker down for the future.

So what for the future for O&S at CWaC?   Well there are new structures, and a commitment (at long last) for there to be more officer support and of course new Councillors and Chairmen.  The new arrangements don't involve me directly and I wish them luck and every success.  Interestingly I hear from a number of sources murmurings of potential discontent with what is happening.  Probably this is just teething trouble - at least I hope that is what it is.