Friday, 15 November 2013

Councillor Performs Surgery Online

Councillor talks to local people through community website

A Cambridge Councillor is exploring new ways to get to the heart of the matter through the award winning ShapeYourPlace.org website.

Amanda Taylor, County Councillor for Queen Edith's, will hold an online surgery on the community website where she can talk to local people about their area.

The online event takes place on Tuesday 19 November starting at 1 pm and lasts for one hour. Residents can ask Councillor Taylor questions and raise issues about the local area. She will then respond and try to resolve issues where possible and outline what actions need to be taken.

ShapeYourPlace.org is a set of community websites covering the county run by Cambridgeshire County Council. People can raise issues and get responses from the police, local councils and the fire service. A range of issues have already been raised on the Cambridge site including, cycling, improving highways, vandalism and the tolling of the A14.

To take part, people will need to visit www.cambridge.shapeyourplace.org on 19 November between 1 pm and 2pm and click on the blog headed "Live Surgery". To ask a question, just fill in the comment box at the bottom of the article.

The trial initiative will see if local people who are unable to attend traditional surgeries can use this digital method to engage with local councillors and to talk about local issues. If successful, the trial will be offered to other councillors across the county as a way for them to engage.

Councillor Amanda Taylor, Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Queen Edith's, said: "I'm always on the look out for new ways to keep in touch with people in my ward, whether it's about an individual issue or something affecting the area generally.

"While my Saturday morning surgeries suit a lot of people, I know that some people work on Saturdays - and of course, some may be less mobile, or have young children, which makes even going a few hundred metres a bit of an expedition. So, to take advantage of the innovative ShapeYourPlace.org site I'll be hosting a live advice surgery there on Tuesday 19 November from 1 to 2 pm. Good ideas are very welcome, you don't need to have a problem and I'd be pleased to hear from you."