Panel set to give residents a voice

RESIDENTS with views on how to make Cramlington a better place are being given the opportunity to help improve their town.

Cramlington Town Council is setting up the People’s Panel, where local residents can have the chance to influence how services are developed and improved.

Council chairman Dave Shaw said: “The purpose of the People’s Panel is to allow residents to express their views about how to make Cramlington a better place to live and work and have their opinions heard.”

Vice-chairman Susan Johnston added: “We’ll consult through the panel on issues that affect the whole town, such as the town plan and the council’s budget proposals.

“And we’ll ask people their views on more local matters like planning applications and how to improve facilities in their area.

“I also hope we can encourage others, particularly the county council and the police, to use the panel to consult on important matters in Cramlington.”

People signing up to the panel will be asked three or four times a year to complete a short survey, either by post or electronically.

The council will also invite panel members to join focus groups to consider particular issues in greater detail, and all responses will remain confidential.

Anyone who wants to join the People’s Panel can fill in an application form available from Cramlington Town Council, Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington, NE23 6YB , or by e-mailing cramlingtontc@gmail.com

Membership of the People’s Panel is only open to Cramlington residents.