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Get involved in the scrutiny process

Archived press release

Date Published: 08/05/08

Flooding is one of the issues that will be considered by the scrutiny committees

Flooding is one of the issues that will be considered by the scrutiny committees

Aylesbury Vale residents are being asked to suggest important topics that they think need further scrutiny by district councillors.

The majority of councillors in Aylesbury Vale are not on the district council’s cabinet – but instead have an important role in scrutinising what the cabinet does and reviewing the effectiveness of local policies and services. They do this work as members of the council’s four scrutiny committees.

AVDC has this month published the overview and scrutiny annual report for 2007/8, which outlines the various ways the public can get involved in the scrutiny process.

The report also outlines the issues the committees chose to review during the last financial year and informs people about the issues it will be considering over the coming months.

During the year the scrutiny committees:
• Scrutinised the detailed planning documents and studies relating to the proposals for the long-term direction of Aylesbury’s growth
• Examined the action plan that had been compiled to ensure that Aylesbury Vale gains the maximum possible benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
• Looked at the policies and procedures in place to implement the smoke-free legislation
• Commented on changes to car parking charges in Aylesbury
• Monitored the implementation of the young people’s services improvement plan for Aylesbury Vale

Craig Saunders, Senior Scrutiny and Democratic Services Officer at AVDC, said: “Scrutiny is an important part of the council, holding the cabinet to account for its key decisions, and checking that services are delivering what they promise in the most effective and cost-efficient way.

“Between now and next March the committees will be looking at a host of issues that directly impact on those living and working in the district. These include travellers’ sites, flooding issues, the district’s street scene and older people’s services.

“With the help of residents the committees want to get their teeth into more issues over the next year and we are urging people to let us know exactly what they want those issues to be.”

If you would like to suggest a subject for review, please call 01296 585043 or email

Reviews can be about anything that affects the people of Aylesbury Vale, or relates to a service, event or issue in which the council has a significant stake or over which the council has an influence.

The overview and scrutiny annual report for 2007/8 can be viewed on the council’s website and at the council offices in Aylesbury.

Contact information


Media Officer


01296 585099