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28 - People to have their say at community forums

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People can have their say on savings proposed by Dudley Council at the next round of community forums.

People are invited to one of the 10 forums which run throughout January to have their say on the council’s budget proposals to save £25million over the next three years as well other issues affecting their communities.

For the first time, there will also be a representative from the police at each forum, to give people the opportunity to raise any police or related issues.

Community groups will also have the chance to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to help them continue their work, in line with the authority’s community council vision.

People will also be able to discuss ways they can work closer with their community council and take more of an active involvement in their neighbourhoods.

The forums run from January 9-16 at a number of venues.

Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council, said:

“Our community forums give local people the opportunity to get together and tell us about the issues that matter most to them and also tell us what is working well in their community.

“We currently have our budget proposals on the table for the next three years and I am really keen for people come along and tell us what they think.  It’s important we get this right to ensure we continue to deliver services at the heart of our communities.

“From this round of forums onwards, we will also have a police representative present at each meeting; we’re really pleased to have them on board.”

The forums start on January 9 with Coseley East and Sedgley at Christ Church CofE Primary School, Church Road, Coseley. On the same night, Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton Community Forum takes place at the Lower Gornal Royal British Legion on Ruiton Street.

Halesowen North and Halesowen South Community Forum will be on January 10 at Leasowes High School, Kent Road, Halesowen, with Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews and Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood Community Forum taking place on the same night at Woodside Community Centre on Highgate Road.

Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett Community Forum will be at The Oakfield Centre, 245 Brettell Lane on January 11 with Castle and Priory, St. James's and St. Thomas's Community Forum, at St John’s Parish Hall, St John’s Road, Kates Hill on the same date.

Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town Community Forum will be welcoming people to Norton Community Centre on Kempton Way January 12. Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South and Wordsley Community Forum takes place on the same night at Kingswinford Royal British Legion, Summerhill, Kingswinford.

The final two community forums will be on January 16. Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote and Lye and Stourbridge North residents will be able to speak to councillors at Withymoor Primary School, Gayfield Avenue, with Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South Community Forum taking place at Caslon Primary School, Beeches View Avenue.

All of the community forums start at 6.30pm.

News Release Contact Information

Press office, 01384 815219, pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk