18 August 2011

Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council are recruiting new members for their Residents’ Panel.

The Residents' Panel is an opportunity for local people to give their views to their local councils more regularly and directly – to have a greater say in influencing local decisions that matter.

Local residents aged over 18 can apply to join and get involved. Members of the panel will have various opportunities to talk about important issues and regularly be invited to tell both councils what they think.

Panel members will be asked to complete surveys and give their views on specific topics relating to local public services as well as be invited to take part in focus groups and mystery shopping.

Councillor David Mackintosh, county council cabinet member for community services said: “This is a chance for you to influence the decisions that you care about.

“We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic about Northamptonshire and enjoy giving their honest opinion. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who feels strongly about their county and who wants the best for it to make sure their voice is heard. The panel will help us evaluate local services and identify ways to improve.”

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Palethorpe said: “This is a chance to get involved and have your say on a wide range of important issues. Being on the panel is a way to make a difference in how we deliver services and work with our communities. If you feel you could contribute something to our town then we want to hear from you.”

Anyone who would like to join the Residents’ Panel and influence the services of Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council should visit either www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/residentspanel or www.northampton.gov.uk/residentspanel and complete the short recruitment questionnaire.