Listening Learning Changing goes to market

Somerset County Council’s ‘Listening Learning Changing’ roadshow will be going to market later this month with a visit to the Sedgemoor Auction Centre.

The stand will be at the indoor Farmer’s Market at Junction 24 of the M5 between 9am and 2pm on Saturday, 11 October. It is seeking peoples’ views and priorities as the Council addresses the difficult reality of meeting increasing demand for its services with significant reductions in funding.

Visitors can have a go at balancing the Council’s budget on a giant set of scales, with weights representing income on one side and service budgets on the other. There will also be the chance to vote for your top Council priorities and complete a short questionnaire. The same questionnaire is also available online at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/listening

Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor John Osman, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to tell us what they think as we face up to future challenges. If you can’t make the event, then please have a go online.

“We calculate that we will need to make around £30m of savings for the next financial year if we are to balance our budget. It’s difficult for the Council to be everything to everyone in these tough financial times.

“I am committed to making this a Council that seeks people’s views and listens to them when making some of the difficult decisions that we face. Wherever possible we want to reflect what our residents want.”

This is the last planned stop for the roadshow which has already visited a dozen towns and events around the county, speaking to around 3,000 people.

Representatives from the Council will be on hand to answer questions and fun activities will be available to keep children entertained.