Scrutiny. What scrutiny?
So many people turned up to get the message to our local leaders that we want them to do the right thing. Thanks to all of you who took the time to make your voices heard!
However, from 10am and 4pm on July 18th 2018, the General Scrutiny Committee arrived at 10 Recommendations relating to the choice of Red Route. Many of these ended up being simply about process, that might apply to any of the routes. For example, the briefing slides used by Officers at this meeting should be made available to the public with the papers for Cabinet which will meet to "approve" the Red Route on 27 July.
The Committee members were able to ask questions of Council Officers and their consultants from WSP and Balfour Beatty, but no independent witnesses were called. Despite the fact that various key information had not been collected or was not yet available the Chair, Cllr Sebastian Bowen, concluded that the Red Route "does least damage".
Questions from members of the public were not answered directly. An inadequate Supplementary Briefing published late the previous evening (17 July) glossed over some issues, and some Scrutiny Committee members attempted to get more detailed answers from Officers and consultants during the discussions.
In our opinion this was a very superficial "scrutiny" process.