Your Woking. Your Say. Your Citizens' Panel

27 January 2014

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Woking residents who are over the age of 16 and want to have their say on the way services are provided in the Borough, are being encouraged to join Woking Citizens' Panel, a group of local residents who are asked for their opinions on a variety of topics - from leisure, waste and recycling to parking and housing!

Woking Citizens' Panel is made up of residents from all backgrounds and ethnicities. There are currently over 1,000 members and, to be as representative as possible of the 2011 Census, more are needed, especially in under-represented wards across the Borough. After all, who better to have their say on Woking than local residents.

Taking part is simple. Panel members are sent questions, via email or post, on a range of subjects and asked to fill in and return them. These views are then taken into account by the Council when planning service provision.

Cllr Graham Cundy, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: "The campaign message, `Your Woking. Your Say' is very fitting as local residents are the best people to give their views on how they want their services delivered.

"I am eager to encourage those residents living in under-represented wards to come forward to ensure Woking is wholly represented. Woking Citizens' Panel is simple to be a part of, doesn't require a lot of commitment and enables residents to have their views listened to."

Woking Citizens' Panel member, Adrian from St Johns, said: "I joined the Citizens' Panel as I feel strongly about developments in Woking, so given the chance to influence the way Woking develops and how they spend our Council Tax, I grasped the opportunity."

We are especially keen to hear from residents living in currently under-represented wards of the Borough. These wards are: Byfleet, Goldsworth West, Hermitage and Knaphill South, Knaphill, Maybury and Sheerwater, Mount Hermon West, Old Woking and West Byfleet.

If you would like to join Woking Citizens' Panel today and have your say, visit www.woking.gov.uk/citizenspanel, call 01483 743429 or email stakeholderengagement@woking.gov.uk Residents can also write to Stakeholder Engagement, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL.

Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to confirm membership. If at any point you want to opt out, just let us know. Members can also choose to take part in focus groups.

For further information on Woking Citizens' Panel, visit www.woking.gov.uk/citizenspanel