Following on from my work on the issue during the last term in Parliament, I continue to receive contact from constituents regarding the issue of statutory notices.
I am now seeking a meeting with Deloitte, who are leading an investigation into the beleagured Property Conservation department at the Council, to discuss the issue.
The Deloitte investigation follows an internal audit of the department which identified a number of weaknesses in the service.
Pending the outcome of the investigation, eight members of the Property Conservation team have been suspended and the Council is currently only dealing with ongoing and emergency works.
Reports of staff suspensions and a concurrent police investigation have caused considerable concern amongst residents affected by statutory notices. It is in everybody’s best interests for these issues to be resolved as quickly as possible.
The findings of the Council’s internal report mirrored the concerns I raised in my submission to that process on behalf of constituents. However it is clear that the problems in Property Conservation run deep and it is wholly appropriate that an independent investigation is underway.
I have written to Deloitte requesting a meeting and am keen to continue to engage with the investigation. I believe that the experiences of my constituents offer insight into the problems that the system faces which can inform action to restore public confidence in the system.