Joint governing body scrapped at councils

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A JOINT committee set up to promote high standards of conduct across two councils has been axed.

For the last two years councillors from Havant and East Hampshire have met at the joint governance committee, which aimed to promote high standards by councillors and deal with audits.

The authorities share 98 staff, including a chief executive, across 12 job functions.

But East Hampshire’s cabinet – led by its leader Ferris Cowper who was appointed in May – decided the joint committee is no longer needed.

Cllr Cowper told The News: ‘The relationship with Havant is quite a mature relationship now.

‘It’s been running for almost four years. It’s a bit like a marriage. After a while you get to know each other, a lot of the structures that were set up at the outset were there to help make the thing work. We are in a stable modus operandi now. In local government, we do have the capability to ring each other and drop each other an email.’

Havant’s leader Tony Briggs said: ‘In the cold light of day, having given it full consideration, we believe the best way forward is to have our own governance structure. Apart from that everything else is still in place.’