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LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK - IT'S YOUR BOROUGH - HELP US MAKE THE MOST OF IT - IN WOKING

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Local people will be invited to help the council make the most of the borough at a special exhibition taking to the...
Local people will be invited to help the council make the most of the borough at a special exhibition taking to the roads of Woking and Byfleet this week.

The roadshow, part of national Local Democracy Week running from 1-5 June, features colourful displays on how residents can influence the decisions the council makes by voting, attending public forums and organising petitions on issues that matter to them.

Visitors to the roadshow will be able to pick up leaflets on council services and speak to officers about how they can become more involved in deciding the future of the borough. They will also be invited to complete a questionnaire on how they feel the council is doing in consulting them on local services and on what more they would like it to do.

Hugh Shirley, chairman of the council's policy and resources committee says: 'The council provides hundreds of local services from refuse collection and street cleaning to advice on housing and pest control. We're here to serve local people but we can't do it on our own - we need to have their involvement and to hear their views. This roadshow gives us the opportunity to get out into the heart of the community and to hear first hand from local people how they want us to consult with them in the future on issues that affect them.'

Local Democracy Week is an initiative of the Local Government Association which aims to highlight the range of innovative techniques being used by councils all over the country to encourage greater public participation in key decisions about their community.
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