Bognor Regis Herald: Town Council told ‘Carry on Consulting’

At last night’s meeting of the Town Council’s Community Engagement and Environment Committee, there was discussion about the next steps concerning the expanded role of community engagement. The Committee is only a year, has had six meetings and the last three trialled a system whereby the usual 15 minutes for Public Questions was increased for up to 60 minutes, early in the meeting. These meetings have seen a modest but very involved public attendance and a lot of issues raised and discussed by public and councillors together.

The Council has also been trialling surgeries some held at the BR Music School in Sudley Road and others using a gazebo e.g. in The Precinct. After listening to feedback, favourable indeed, from members of the public presnt last night the Committee agreed to recommend to the Council:

  • continuation of the up-to-1 hour session at the two-monthly meeting of the Committee
  • more surgery sessions, the next in the gazebo in The Precinct, more to follow
  • a meeting for the public in the alternative months, at other local venues
  • more consideration of promotion and publicity by the Council.

Issues raised at these consultations can then be considered more fully by the Committee, or other Committees such as Leisure, or the full Council. The general feeling amongst Councillors present was that this was a good start and that this new level of engaging with the public could lead to not only greater interest and understanding but also to positive schemes and action in the Town, not just by the Council.

More information from Sheila Hodgson at the Town Council: 01243–867744 Mon-Thu

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