Council roadshow rolls into five more towns

Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow is heading for five more towns in September.

During September, the Listening Learning Changing events will be in Bridgwater (4 Sept), Wellington (5 Sept), Wiveliscombe (6 Sept), Yeovil (11 Sept) and Frome (12 Sept), asking people for their views on the Council’s priorities and other key issues.

Anyone attending the events can try their hand at balancing the Council budget on a giant set of scales, show their priorities by placing coins in our ‘Think Tanks’ and complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire is also available online (www.somerset.gov.uk/listening) for those who cannot come along to an event but still want to get involved.

More than 2,000 people have attended events in July and August, sharing views as the Council faces up to the challenge of reduced funding and increasing demand for services.

The Council’s income from central government is due to fall by more than £40m by 2019/2020 at the latest and the authority estimates it needs to save in the region of £30m from its budget this year.

“These are the last five events and I’m hoping that plenty more people will take the time to come along and speak to us,” said Councillor John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council. “We’ve done our best to get out to locations across the county to give people an opportunity to tell us what they think.

“The growing demand for our services and falling income from government mean we are in a very challenging financial position. We are going to have to make difficult decisions to balance our budget and want to hear people’s views so, where possible, we can take them into account when making those decisions.”

By the end of September the roadshows will have visited 15 locations across the county. Representatives from the Council will be on hand to answer questions and fun activities will be available to keep children entertained.

The details of the September events are below:
Friday 4 Sept, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Farmers Market, 9am-3pm
Saturday 5 Sept, Wellington, Wellington Food Town event, 10am-4pm
Sunday 6 Sept, Wivelscombe, 10 Parishes Festival, 10am-5pm
Friday 11 Sept, Yeovil, Stand in Town Centre (Quedam Centre), 9am-5pm
Saturday 12 Sept, Frome, Frome Cheese Show, 8.30am-6pm

Follow this link http://youtu.be/ZFyzBZ6osdw for a short video clip of the roadshows in action.