Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Demystifying Sutton Council


The 54 Councillors in Sutton represent over 150,000 people, yet I suspect very few know what we do on a day to day basis in their name. Sutton Scene is a corporate magazine concentrating on Council services, the local newspapers report a few political stories. The time that councillors spend in the Civic Offices gets less coverage but needs to be done. The LibDems, as the ruling group make decisions. We scrutinise them and question those decisions. Much of the work is not adversarial, instead concentrating on the general running of the Council. This doesn't make it less important.

You'll see in the video above, a brief run through of what happens in a typical Council meeting. Most decisions are made elsewhere, so we have been looking at ways of making Full Council meetings more relevant, more interesting and more effective...We're still looking.

You can help. There are plenty of residents that grumble over their afternoon tea when reading the local papers. You can submit a question to the council by emailing committee.servicesATsutton.gov.uk (Change AT for @; I'm trying to avoid spam). This is then answered at the Council meeting and you will have the opportunity to have a follow-up question. There is half an hour for this and it is very underused. You see, if no-one asks questions, they think that they must be doing OK, so there's a challenge for you. Have a look at the Council web page for dates of Full Council and other meetings. I look forward to seeing you in the Public Gallery. If you can't sleep at night you can even listen to us witter on via streaming audio on the same website.

The BBC won't be beating a path to my door to present any politics programmes and a ray of light affected Brendan Hudson's piece, but I hope that my amateur effort gives you some idea about what we get up to on a Monday night.

6 comments:

scotty said...

thanks Paul that's quite helpful.

cllr david pickles said...

"Demystifying Sutton Council" I've been trying for years, and still can't get to the bottom of what the Lib-Dems stand for!

Anonymous said...

I think I can have a stab at what they stand for: -
1. high taxes
2. minimal consultation
3. over development
4. being soft on criminals

cllr david pickles said...

add to that:-

5. Dictatorship
6. Hypocrisy
7. Greed
8. Mismanagement
9. Arrogance
10.Incompetence

Cllr David Theobald (Fat Squirrel Music) said...

Cool video, interesting to see "the office" like this. You should have asked and we would have done you the soundtrack!

Just reading the previous two comments, they read together like a sort of "anti ten commandments"

cllr david pickles said...

Off topic for this thread I know, but can I be the first to congratulate the Tories on the spectacular win in Crewe. It was worth sitting up to see the smile wiped off Dunwoody's face. Who's the toff now? Well done to all.