There are essentially two ways that community engagement can come about:
by the council requesting your (the public’s) involvement and assistance on a particular subject or issue, or
by you (the public) requesting that the council give consideration to or look into particular issues.
The council considers both approaches to beginning community engagement to be equally important.
Who to contact for further advice and assistance ?
If you wish to start engagement with the council, The council welcome your views and opinions and the opportunity to respond to them. If you have an issue or concern you would like to raise with the council there are a number of people and organisations that can help you.
If you wish to get Involved with community engagement the council has started
At any one time the Council is involved with a number of community engagement activities concerning a range of issues throughout the borough. Your involvement is important to the Council as we want to hear your views and opinions so that we can best respond to them in the services we provide. To help you discover what engagement activities there are at any one time and the issues and the areas of the borough they concern, we have developed a community engagement database or on the 'search engagement records' navigation link for more details. By searching the database you will be able to identify the engagement activities you wish to get involved in (as an individual or as part of a community, group or organisation). Once you have identified the engagement activities you wish to get involved with, there are a number of areas you can go to for support.