Calls for initial evidence in Hitchin Town Hall / North Hertfordshire Museum Project Review

PR Date: 
Friday, 10 May 2019 - 3:15pm

The Panel set up to consider how partners worked together during the Hitchin Town Hall / North Hertfordshire Museum project, is now calling for initial evidence submissions from interested organisations and individuals.

The Panel, which consists of four elected NHDC Councillors from across all three political parties and an Independent Chair, was set up by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 19 March 2019.

The purpose of the Scrutiny Review is to consider how the Council worked with partners during the project and what lessons can be learned to improve future working relationships with partners.

Initial written statements from interested individuals / organisations, specifically on how the Council worked with partners during the Project, should be submitted by Friday 14 June 2019. These initial statements will be reviewed and individuals who submit evidence deemed relevant to the Review will subsequently be asked to give oral evidence at a later date. Details of the process for submitting written statements as well as the next steps can be found at

An Independent Chair, John Richardson, has been appointed to the Panel. His background includes being a Director of the NHS Central Office for Research Ethics Committees and chairing ethics committees in Cambridge and (currently) London. He was also Chair and is now Secretary of Churches Together in Hitchin.

John said of his appointment to the Panel: "I am honoured to have been appointed to chair this important Review which I know will be of significant interest to many North Hertfordshire residents. I hope that my many years of experience in chairing committees will be of benefit to the Panel and will ensure the Review is conducted in an impartial and productive manner."

John continued: "As a first step, we are interested in receiving initial statements from any individual or organisation that can provide the Panel with useful evidence, specifically around how the Council worked with partners during the project. I would like to reassure all concerned that this is just the initial stage and we will be carrying out a full review process in due course. The end result will be to identify any lessons that can be learned by the Council, regarding future working relationships with its partners."

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