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Leader Listens session scheduled for Local Democracy Week
Tuesday 9th October, 2012

"The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people."

It’s clear from these words that former US President, Woodrow Wilson, certainly recognised the value in listening to the views of the people who put him in power.

And in a similar vein, the Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, is equally committed to listening to the views of local people of the Borough. Following the success of the Leader Listens session earlier in the summer, residents are again being offered the chance to put their questions face to face to the man in charge.

After welcoming local people to the initial drop-in session at Wigan Town Hall, Lord Smith plans to hold another public meeting during Local Democracy Week, a national annual campaign which encourages more people to engage in local politics.

Both the Leader and Wigan Council’s Director of Policy and Customer, Alison Mckenzie-Folan, will be available at the event at Wigan Life Centre at 4.30pm on Thursday 18th October and are keen for people to come along and share their personal comments, questions and suggestions.

Further drop-in sessions across the borough are also being planned for later in the year.

Feedback from the previous event on 22nd August was overwhelmingly positive, with members of the public discussing a number of issues with the Leader, ranging from concerns around road safety measures to questions about the council’s Core Strategy for housing.

Perhaps you have a burning question about local services? An idea which offers greater value for money to local taxpayers? Or suggestions based on your recent experience as a service user? If you have something to share with the Leader of Wigan Council, now is the time to book your seat.

Lord Smith said: “It’s crucial that residents have the opportunity to put their questions and their concerns to those who hold positions of responsibility, those whose decisions can have a profound effect of the lives of all local people.

“The Leader Listens sessions give local people that access, enabling them to influence how those decisions are reached. I was delighted that so many local people took the time to meet me in person at the previous session, and I look forward sharing similar thought-provoking discussions at the session scheduled for next week.

“I cannot stress enough how valuable it is to hear the views and perspectives of local residents directly. It helps to inform policy and feeds into the decision-making process.”

People who wish to attend the Leader Listens session can book an appointment by calling Paula Clisham on 01942 827282. Places are limited so book early. Alternatively, submit your questions online by emailing: haveyoursay@wigan.gov.uk

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