by Keith Watts on 1 June, 2014
Liberal Democrats have welcomed the return of a dedicated Scrutiny Committee to Basingstoke and Deane Council.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Gavin James said:
“It has taken months, years really, for the Conservatives to acknowledge and action what the report into the Manydown fiasco told them, that the Council needs a better scrutiny process that doesn’t block and exclude the opposition parties. I welcome the return of a dedicated Scrutiny Committee and the fact the Conservatives have conceded it ought to be chaired by a member of a minority party.”
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Whitchurch, Keith Watts will be nominated to be the new chairman of the Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 5th June.
Keith Watts said:
“I am delighted to be put forward as the first Chairman of the new Scrutiny Committee. Undoubtedly it will be a big workload as there is a lot to look at. It is vital that the Scrutiny Committee sets its own agenda and scrutinises matters that the Cabinet might wish it didn’t.
“If I am elected Chairman I intend to ensure scrutiny is both vigorous and fair. Scrutiny isn’t about opposing everything, it’s about getting better outcomes for local residents.
All parties should have something to contribute in a constructive way, and that includes the Conservative backbenchers.”