Scrutiny Committees represent
the interests of local people about important issues that affect
them. They look at how the decisions, policies and services of the
Council and other key public agencies impact on the city and its
residents. Scrutiny Committees do not take decisions but can make
recommendations to decision makers about how they are delivering
the Manchester Strategy, an agreed vision for a better Manchester
that is shared by public agencies across the city.
The Neighbourhoods and
Environment Scrutiny Committee deals with many of the Council's
services which are most visible to residents - housing, highways,
the street environment, waste and recycling - and also monitors the
council's planning and environmental policies, including carbon
reduction plans and climate change strategy.
The Committee also looks
closely at the work of the Growths and Neighbourhoods Directorate
and examines how the services it delivers meet resident’s
needs and expectations.
The Council wants to consult
people as fully as possible before making decisions that affect
them. Members of the public do not have a right to speak at
meetings but may do so if invited by the Chair. If you have a
special interest in an item on the agenda and want to speak, tell
the Committee Officer, who will pass on your request to the Chair.
Groups of people will usually be asked to nominate a spokesperson.
The Council wants its meetings to be as open as possible but
occasionally there will be some confidential business. Brief
reasons for confidentiality will be shown on the agenda