“The City has just come through a deluge of epic proportions!”

Following the floods that took place last week end I was quick off the mark and wrote this correspondence to the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council – Councillor Roger Lawrence and the Chair of Scrutiny Board Councillor Steve Simkins.

“The city has just come through a deluge of epic proportions. There were widespread floods, some of the areas of the City had floods that were ‘bad’, others just had surface water.

Some homes were invaded by water, and lots of people were scared and are still scared of what will happen with the news and weather stations predicting storms building again for later in this week. I want to invoke my right and ask for a Scrutiny Panel to be called and to scrutinise what happened on this Bank Holiday week end.”

Well tonight we had our first Scrutiny Board of the New Municipal Year. This item was discussed, and I spoke at length about the issue. The Board agreed that first we should scrutinise the event, and they the suggested that  I should Chair a Scrutiny Panel into the events and report back to the City Council.

I accepted the challenge and agreed to Chair such a Scrutiny Review.

I don’t intend to hang around and will get onto the detail and arrangements straight away!

Understanding the events, interpreting what happened, and then to analyse what was good, what was poor, and to  make recommendations to improve the response. That will be the scrutiny path that I will be taking…..I am looking forward too it!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more