Adur & Worthing's watchdog want the public's input to keep on fighting for residents
Released: Friday, 28 July 2017
Members of the public are being urged to submit their ideas for topics to be scrutinised by Adur and Worthing's watchdog.
For the past 12 months, Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) has been holding officials, politicians and outside organisations to account for issues affecting the area’s residents.
A sewage spill, a 'not fit for purpose' rail service and development blueprints - these are just a few issues that have been placed under the spotlight by councillors on the committee.
The scope of the body's work is highlighted thanks to the publishing of an annual report which gives an overview of the committee’s work in the past year.
Now, councillors that sit on JOSC are urging members of the public to come forward with their ideas on issues which should be put under scrutiny.
Councillor Stephen Chipp, Adur District Council's chairman of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said:
“During the past year, JOSC has shown that it is prepared to ask the tough questions to people in power on behalf of the residents of Adur and Worthing.
“We will continue to review and scrutinise any matters which affect the Councils, the areas and our residents, in order to provide greater transparency and accountability in the delivery of local services.”
Councillor Roy Barraclough, Worthing Borough Council’s chairman of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said:
“Although not a decision making body, JOSC is the watchdog of Adur & Worthing. It has enormous potential to influence and inform decisions made by both the Councils and organisations connected with the areas.
“I urge members of the public to talk to us and supply their ideas so we can continue to fight for the areas’ residents.”
Key issues looked at in the past year, include:
- conducting an in-depth review of the reasons why a sewage spill in 2012 had closed off some Adur and Worthing beaches, which included interviewing Southern Water, the Environment Agency and relevant council officers.;
- investigating the delay in implementing the proposed enhancement works to the Lower Beach Road car park/Ferry Road in Shoreham, more than 100 people packed the public gallery;
- scrutinising the progress with the draft Worthing Local Plan;
- reviewing progress in the implementation of the Adur & Worthing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs);
- carrying out detailed scrutiny of Southern Rail levels of service and proposed ticket office closures in an effort to help bring an end to the rail dispute which was causing chaos and severe delays to local residents who use rail services. Both Southern Rail and Union representatives were questioned.
The annual report will be adopted by both Adur and Worthing full councils in the autumn.
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