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KERRIER DC ON CITIZENS' PANEL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

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Kerrier DC is taking to the streets this week in a bid to find new members for its successful Kerrier Matters Citiz...
Kerrier DC is taking to the streets this week in a bid to find new members for its successful Kerrier Matters Citizens' Panel.

The panel is made up of around 800 members of the public, who influence key decisions by responding to a variety of questions. Typically, members receive three surveys per year, as well as invitations to attend group discussions and workshops on particular issues, and 'mystery shopper' studies; although the actual level of participation is up to the individual.

Recently, the panel has been consulted on topics as diverse as council tax, recycling and fear of crime. Representatives have been closely involved in the council's recent comprehensive performance assessment inspection, and Kerrier Matters research on open spaces was instrumental in securing funding for the district's 'Liveability' pilot scheme.

Kerrier now wants to expand the panel to 1,000 members, in order to take a broader and more representative sweep of public opinion. As a result, recruiters working on the council's behalf will be on the streets of Camborne, Mabe and Constantine, and Helston, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday respectively.

The council's consultation officer, Nikki Davis, explains: 'We started by sending postal invitations, but now we'd like to strengthen the panel's membership in a few key areas, to make sure that it really reflects the population of Kerrier.'

'Members of the public should be aware that the street recruitment team will all carry proper identification and Kerrier documentation. Please don't be afraid to ask for it.'

Sue Swift, Kerrier's portfolio holder for local democracy, commented: 'Kerrier Matters is a wonderful opportunity for ordinary people to have a genuine say in the council decisions that affect us all. As a member of the cabinet, I regularly see the difference the panel makes, and we're very grateful to the people who take the time to complete the surveys.'

NOTE:

Kerrier Matters is open to any Kerrier resident over the age of 18.

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