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Is the District Council getting things right?

July 24, 2020 7:27 AM
By Vilnis Vesma

Recording of SOSC meetingMy first act on being elected chairman of the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee (SOSC) was to read up the relevant section of the Council's Constitution. Interestingly, it specifically encourages SOSC to involve the public in its deliberations, for example by inviting people to take part in its meetings and by using innovative methods of engaging with the public to canvass their views. So I'm calling on residents and businesses to let me know if they have any issues of general interest they think SOSC could address.

The illustration is a screenshot from the video of my first SOSC meeting as chairman.

SOSC looks at how well the Council performs delivering services and whether it is meeting the targets it has set itself. We conduct reviews of past decisions: for example at present we have a task group examining the fate of the Cinderford Northern Quarter, an ambitious project which appears to have become bogged down. We are examining the depth and quality of Cabinet debate on the Council's performance, and I am digging into what is going on behind the scenes regarding the climate emergency which was declared in 2018.

When it comes to issues that you might want to raise, my guidance would be to focus on issues likely to affect residents in two or more council wards. For specific or localised problems, you should turn to your ward councillor.