Kidsgrove residents are being encouraged to attend a “Meet the Leadership” event with the borough council’s Cabinet due to hold its first ever meeting in Kidsgrove. Plans to hold the monthly Cabinet meeting away from the Civic Offices in Newcastle and take it instead to Kidsgrove is part of that initiative.
Council Leader Gareth Snell said, “We want to involve our residents in as many ways as we can in future service delivery and in policy direction. We are currently redrafting our Corporate Plan – which lays out our priorities and values – and included in that document will be the inclusion of a new priority which is ‘becoming a co-operative council delivering high-quality, community-driven services.’
“This means working together with residents, partners and local organisations to collectively deliver the best services we can using the resources we have. We want our actions to back up our words and this Cabinet event in Kidsgrove is an opportunity which does just that.”
Although the official Cabinet meeting will start at 7.30pm, residents are being invited to an informal hour-long pre-Cabinet meeting where they can discuss any council-related issues they have with members of the group.
The “Meet the Leadership” session will take place from 6.30-7.30pm, on September 19, at the Victoria Hall in Kidsgrove and Cabinet will tackle their formal agenda from 7.30pm.
Cabinet members hope local people make the most of this opportunity to help them build a more accurate picture of the issues which are most important to residents and businesses across the borough.
Cllr. Snell said: “We intend to be much more open with residents than the council has been in the past. We want to put residents and business at the heart of everything we do by listening to their views and then acting on them in taking the council forward.
“It would be great if we could get a decent turn-out at Kidsgrove on 19 September for this first of a series of ‘Meet the Leadership’ events we are planning.”