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1 - Community forums – your chance to have your say

Residents across Dudley borough have another opportunity to raise issues affecting their areas at the next round of community forums.

The 10 forums will run between September 2 and 11 and offer people a chance to discuss their communities with councillors.

The forums are a key part of the council’s commitment to becoming a community council, and working closer with people who make up communities across the borough.

Councillor David Sparks, leader of Dudley Council, said:

“We have continued to ensure that the community forums are led by local people. They decide what issues we discuss and what is important to them.

“The forums have been changed to be more user-friendly and I would urge anyone with an interest in their community to come along to their local community forum and work with us.”

Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews and Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood community forum takes place on September 2 at Netherton Sports and Social Club, St Thomas Street. On the same evening Castle and Priory, St James's and St Thomas's community forum will be at Wrens Nest Community Centre, Summer Road.

On September 3 Coseley East and Sedgley community forum will take place at Christ Church CofE Primary School, Church Road. Gornal, Upper Gornal & Woodsetton community forum will take place at Lower Gornal Royal British Legion, Ruiton Street, on the same day.

Residents will be able to raise issues at Halesowen North and Halesowen South community forum on September 4 at Cornbow Hall,Hagley Street,Halesowen. Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town community forum will be at Stourbridge Children’s and Family Centre, Forge Road, Stourbridge, on the same evening.

Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North community forum takes place at Lye Community Centre, Cross Walks, Lye on September 10. On the same day Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South and Wordsley community forum will be at Holy Trinity Church Hall, High Street, Wordsley.

Finally, on September 11 Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South community forum will be welcoming residents to Huntingtree Primary School, Bournes Hill, Halesowen. On the same day Nine Locks Community Centre, in Hill Street, Brierley Hill will host the Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett community forum.

The council has committed to becoming a community council giving people more ways to get involved with the authority and championing the work of communities across the borough. The commitment includes the Love Your Community initiative which asks people to report problems such as litter, potholes and fly-tipping to the council and encourage greater pride in the borough.

All the community forums run from 6.30pm.

News Release Contact Information

Chris Howes - 01384 815232 - chris.howes@dudley.gov.uk