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Have your say on having your say

Released: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Do you want to have your say on how Adur & Worthing Councils are run? Are you happy with how we ask for views on how we operate your services?

These are some of the key questions that councillors will be considering as they set out to improve the consultation process across both authorities - and they want the public's views and feedback to support the work.

At the request of the Joint Strategic Committee, the two Councils have set up a cross-party working group to look at the effectiveness of consultations, how to maximise responses and consider if any changes or improvements are required.

The review is being conducted as part of the Councils' commitment to open and transparent local government. Both local authorities aim to consult the public about many major issues, or proposed policy changes before a decision is made. The public's views are then considered as part of the decision-making process.

To help canvas public opinion we have set up an online survey:

Paper copies are also available from the following council and community buildings:

Public feedback is required by 18th April 2018 and can be sent to Policy Officer Mark Lowe at mark.lowe@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Comment can also be sent in writing to Mark at Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA.

Public responses will be then be considered by the Working Group which will publicise its findings as soon as possible. It will make recommendations to Council leaders who will then consider whether a new policy is required.

Councillor Joss Loader, Adur's vice chairman of the Councils' Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee, is chairing the Working Group. She said:

“It is vitally important that the Councils employ robust and effective methods to consult our residents and to involve them in decision making wherever possible.

“As residents and council tax payers, local people need to be confident that they have a real voice and can be heard. That's why we are staging this review to ensure that we reach out to as many residents as possible, from across our communities and from all walks of life. We sincerely hope that as many residents as possible will take the time to complete the survey or to send more detailed comments to the Town Hall.”

(PR18-063)

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