LETTER: Pendle Council’s Scrutiny Team want your suggestions

IT’S that time of year once again when Pendle Council’s Scrutiny Team begin to plan their work programme for the next year.

As always, we need local people to put forward suggestions for local issues and services that they think we should look at with a view to making improvements.

Is there something that you think could be done better? We want to make sure that we continue to look at the issues that matter most to people in Pendle. We can only be sure that we’re doing this if you tell us what they are.

In the past year or two, scrutiny studies have looked into all sorts of issues that affect us in Pendle. The impact of last year’s review of Pendle Leisure Trust’s sporting facilities, for example, is now being felt as the phased refurbishment and replacement of changing and showering facilities at each of the three major sports centres has begun at Pendle Wavelengths.

The ramp now provided at Brierfield Town Hall to help those who aren’t very mobile is another result of Scrutiny intervention.

The Scrutiny Team is also pursuing issues around the revitalisation of our town centres. It has recently published its report which seeks to implement a range of measures designed to bring new uses into vacant space.

In addition, a panel has recently embarked on a review which will look at Youth Employment in an effort to find out what more can be done to give Pendle’s young people a better opportunity of finding appropriate full time work.

If you would like to suggest a topic for consideration by the Scrutiny Management Team during 2013/14, you can pick up a form from Council reception areas, or complete one on the website at www.pendle.gov.uk/scrutinyrequest.

Alternatively you can contact Kath Haydock, the Council’s Scrutiny Manager, who can send out a request form in the post, on 661607 or you can email scrutiny@pendle.gov.uk

We always get a good response from Pendle people who helpfully put forward their ideas. This year’s deadline for sending in your suggestions is Thursday, February 28th.

COUN. GRAHAM ROACH