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Cabinet to hear People's Panel recommendations

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Dudley Council’s ruling cabinet will hear what the borough’s first ever People’s Panel think needs to be done to improve town centres.

Representatives from the panel will attend the next meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday February 12 to report directly on their findings.

A group of 40 people from the two towns were selected to form the first ever Dudley People’s Panel.

The panel met over a couple of weekends at the end of last year. They discussed the issues and heard evidence from experts on a range of subjects relevant to the future of Dudley and Brierley Hill’s future development. They included town centre regeneration, community safety, public health and leisure.

The panel members spent time coming up with detailed recommendations, which selected panellists will now present to cabinet for consideration.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:

We are looking forward to hearing direct feedback from the People’s Panel.
We were thrilled to be one of only three local authorities in the country to be chosen to take part in the scheme, which gives members of the public more say over decisions that affect them and their communities.
As a council we will use the information provided by the People’s Panel to help us decide what further we can do in the short, medium and long-term to make the borough’s town centres vibrant and welcoming.

The People’s Panel was a citizens’ assembly run by independent facilitators from The Democratic Society.

Dudley Council was awarded funding and support from the UK Government’s Innovation in Democracy Programme (IiDP), which is trialling innovative methods of deliberative democracy to involve residents in local government decision-making.

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