We are committed to involving our local communities in creating vibrant towns and neighbourhoods, which are places that people want to be. As part of this we are thrilled to be one of only three councils selected by the government to set up a People’s Panel, which we will use to help create our vision of Forging a Future for all in Dudley.
It is a way to give a voice to local people. Fifty randomly selected members of the public have been invited to consider an issue and make recommendations to the council on what should be done.
The People's Panel will give members of the public the opportunity, time and space to learn about a topic, before giving detailed recommendations for politicians to consider and respond to.
Panel members will hear from and question witnesses, including experts, other residents and representatives from business and the community. Participants will discuss what they have heard with one another and decide what they think.
The Panel will make a joint decision on what it thinks should be done and report its recommendations to the local community and council.
On this occasion the topic will be on the future of Dudley and Brierley Hill town centres.
What can communities and the Council do together to make Dudley and Brierley Hill town centres places that are vibrant, welcoming and somewhere we are proud of?
How will we know we are making a difference in: 12 months; 3 years; by 2030?
To answer these questions a group of local residents will get together for four days to take part in a citizens' assembly, which we are calling a People’s Panel, and help solve these key issues.
Dudley People’s Panel will take place during November 2019.