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7 - People to have their say on community forums

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People can help shape the future of grass roots public meetings during the next round of community forums.

Council bosses are carrying out a review of the ten community forums including how often they run and the funding opportunities for community groups.

The next round runs from March 13-21 and the council wants to make sure people continue to have access to their local councillors and look at how the council can support people with their work in the community.

As part of the review people will be able to give their views on the forums and how they work in the future at the meetings, which all run from 6.30pm.

Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of Dudley Council, said:

“It is important we continue to look to develop the community forums to make sure they are useful to people wanting to discuss issues with the council and how we can help people to help themselves.

“As a community council we pride ourselves on listening to local people and using their ideas to help shape services and the decisions we make.

“I hope people will come along to the next round of forums to have their say on what they would like to see at the forums in the future and how we can help support communities more.”

The next round of forums begin on March 13 with Coseley East and Sedgley Community Forum at Age Concern, Ettymore Road. On the same night Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton Community Forum will be held at Bramford Primary School, Chad Road.

On March 15 Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett Community Forum will be welcoming people to Brockmoor Primary school, Belle Isle, while on the same night people will be able to go to Castle and Priory, St. James's and St. Thomas's Community Forum at St Barnabas Church, Middlepark Road.

Halesowen North and Halesowen South Community Forum takes place at Halesbury School, Feldon Lane on March 16. Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, Wollaston and Stourbridge Town Community Forum will be at Our Lady and All Saints, New Road, Stourbridge on the same night.

Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North Community Forum will be at Lye Community Centre, Cross Walks on March 20 with Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South Community Forum taking place on the same night at Lutley Community Centre, Brookwillow Road.

Finally, Kingswinford North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford South and Wordsley Community Forum takes place at Kingswinford Royal British Legion Club, Summerhill, on March 21. Netherton, Woodside and St. Andrews and Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood Community Forum will be at Savoy Centre, Northfield Road, Netherton, on the same night.

All the forums run from 6.30pm.

News Release Contact Information

Chris Howes - 01384 815219 - pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk