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LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK - BOLSOVER INITIATIVES

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People in the District of Bolsover are being consulted more than ever ...
People in the District of Bolsover are being consulted more than ever

over projects and initiatives that involve them or are taking place

within their village.

Local Democracy Week, which is running between 1st and 5th June will highlight this range of innovative techniques being used by the

District of Bolsover and council's all over the country to encourage

greater public participation in key decisions about their community.

Council leader Harold Scrimshaw said: 'The council has for a number of years staged public meetings, produced specific newsletters and had public consultation periods relating to their activities and with the Labour government's modernisation agenda for local government it is now becoming increasingly important that we speak to our communities even more than before.'

The most notable project that has worked successfully to date with

public participation is the Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme at

Shirebrook, which involved consulting residents of the Model Village

on how they wanted the village to look after the demise of the coal

mine. A number of public meetings were staged, newsletters distributed

and specific groups were established to enhance the villages

appearance which included creating a village park, new footpaths,

resurfacing roadways and group repairs on houses.

'This sort of initiative can only be beneficial to our communities and

we want to give people the opportunity to speak out and voice their

opinions on what the council is proposing, that is why we are

supporting Local Democracy Week' he added.

The District of Bolsover has joined the national call for a local

government bill in the next session of parliament to give local

authorities greater powers to take forward democratic reform.

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