RESIDENTS are being encouraged to have their say on the future of their area.
East Bedlington Parish Council is holding a consultation process, starting with two launch events, to give residents the opportunity to put forward their views on the development of the parish.
The council has commissioned Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS) to carry out work with constituents.
A questionnaire will also be delivered to residents in East Bedlington and Sleekburn wards.
Focus group meetings will take place around the district throughout April and May to encourage as many people as possible to take part.
Bill Gale, community development manager at Wansbeck CVS, said: “It is very important that local people take up this opportunity to shape and influence the plan which will identify the parish priorities for the next five years.”
Parish councillors will award £200 for the first questionnaire to be drawn at random from those completed and returned, with a further £100 and £50 respectively.
Wansbeck CVS will also be setting up a steering group of local residents to help drive the consultation process forward.
The events are at Cambois Community Welfare on Thursday, March 31, and Bedlington Station Residents’ Building on Tuesday, April 5, at 6.30pm.
For more information contact Jenny Tindale or Stephen Humphrey at Wansbeck CVS on (01670) 858688 or visit www.wansbeckcvs.org.uk