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Adur and Worthing watchdog: What issues matter to you?

Released: Friday, 28 June 2019

Politicians whose job it is to hold the leaders of Adur and Worthing to account today urged residents: tell us your concerns and we will make sure your voice is heard.

Parking, policing and pollution were just some of the issues placed under the microscope by Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) in the last year.

As details of these highlights were raised in its annual report, councillors are now urging members of the public to have their say on what topics they want the watchdog to focus on in the next 12 months.

Representatives said it offered an ideal opportunity to investigate issues of concern and then make suggestions which could improve the lives of the 160,000 residents in the area.

Councillor Stephen Chipp, Adur District Council's Chairman of JOSC, said:

“From parking to pollution, JOSC has examined a range of issues in the last 12 months, all of which play a key role in the day-to-day lives of our residents.”

“I look forward to councillors of all parties continuing this in the coming year as we look to work together and make recommendations which can have a positive impact on our area.”

Councillor Roy Barraclough, Worthing Borough Council's Chairman of JOSC, said:

“Although JOSC is not a decision making body, effective scrutiny has enormous potential to influence and inform decisions made by both the Councils and partner bodies connected with the area.”

“If an issue matters to the public, then it matters to us, so I ask that anyone who has a potential topic to be placed under wider public scrutiny to get in touch.”

The request was made after the committee approved its annual report at a meeting last week.

Highlights listed in the last 12 months included interviewing the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne about local policing issues.

Representatives from Southern Water also gave evidence about a sewage spill incident in 2017 while reports on community safety, parking and dog fouling were also received.

JOSC noted that it was pleased to interview the leaders of both Adur and Worthing councils and its chief executive about the delivery of ongoing strategic objectives.

The annual report said that the committee will look to build on this in the coming year, with a detailed work programme outlining how reviews into the night time economy and repairs to council homes will be carried out.

For those looking to get involved, requests for topics are heard at its meetings, which are held at least seven times a year at either the Shoreham Centre or Worthing Town Hall.

Members of the public also have the opportunity to ask public questions relating to Councils' services at the start of the meeting.

For more details contact 01903 221009 or mark.lowe@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Anyone can submit a topic for consideration for review by filling in the form on the What is Scrutiny page.

Photo: Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell appeared in front of Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee

PR19-100 - Ch Insp Miles Ockwell appeared in front of Adur & Worthing Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee

(PR19-100)

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