HERTFORDSHIRE residents are being asked to put forward areas of county council spending or services they would like to be put under the microscope.

In the past 12 months, councillors have scrutinised council work in domestic abuse and dementia, women’s safety and young people with barriers to improvement.

They have also stepped in to review controversial decisions that have been ‘called-in’, such as the sale of the former Radlett Aerodrome site.

But all of those topics have been put forward by elected members of the county council.

Now chair of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, Cllr David Andrews, is appealing for members of the public to get involved too.

He stresses that anyone can suggest areas of the council’s work, spending or decision making that they believe should face council scrutiny, by filling out a simple form.

At a meeting of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday (23 April) he highlighted the process.

The councillor pointed to the ‘scrutiny topic suggestion form’, which is available on the council’s website.

Following the meeting, he said he was proud of the outcomes achieved by the scrutiny function of the county council, but said county councillors were just 78 people out of a county-wide population of 1.3million.

The ‘scrutiny topic suggestion form’ can be found on the county council website, at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk