The citizens' panel was set up in May 2013 to ensure that the views of local people are included and reflected in the decisions that we make. It has been designed to give local people the opportunity to have their say on lots of different services provided by the council, what they want us to concentrate on going forward and if they think we are doing a good job.

To date we have asked them about our priorities, levels of council tax, our website and the different ways they are able to contact us.

Local people are members of the panel for up to three years. They are contacted by us up to four times a year and asked for their opinions. We might also ask them to attend group discussions to explore issues in more detail.

The feedback we get is presented to service and senior managers and members of the council and is used to help inform the decisions that are made.

We let panel members know the results of the consultations we have undertaken by sending them a newsletter.

If you are over 18, live in this area and would like to join our citizens panel or just want to know more about it, please contact us. 

By phone01476 40 60 80