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Community Forums Introduction

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People and their communities now have greater access to Dudley Council than ever before through the successful community forums.

Community forums give people direct access to councillors and Dudley Council through regular drop in public meetings.

There are 10 forums for people to attend, which replace the old and outdated area committee system. People can also take part online with a dedicated forum on Facebook and Twitter ahead of each round of forums with the leader of the council, Councillor Pete Lowe. The online forums recently won the UK Public Sector Communications Award for Community Relations Campaign of the Year.

All issues raised at the meetings and via Facebook and Twitter are forwarded onto the relevant council service to be dealt with.

Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council, said: “We are constantly looking for new ways for people to share their views and ideas with us. The Facebook forums have been very successful as we because the first local authority in the country to hold a public meeting in this way. By adding twitter to the ways people discuss issues with us, we are giving people every opportunity to work with us to bring about improvements for the whole of the borough.”

The 10 community forums are:

Coseley East and Sedgley community forum


Castle and Priory, St James’s and St Thomas’s community forum


Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton community forum


Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood community forum


Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town community forum


Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South community forum


Halesowen North, Halesowen South community forum


Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South, Wordsley community forum


Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North community forum


Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett community forum


All the forums start from 6.30pm.


The online community forum takes place on the council's Dudley Borough Facebook page and @DudleyMBC Twitter feed, from 6-7pm.


:: more on a  forthcoming calendar showing community forums


:: more on ways to report local issues such as litter pot holes, street lighting online





People can email their comments to Philip Tart, director of corporate resources, via email philip.tart@dudley.gov.uk