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Out and about with Engage NBBC

Published on Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Cllr Julie Jackson and members of the Borough Council’s Management Team set up stall this morning at Nuneaton’s Street Market, not to sell fruit and vegetables but to ask people what they think about the Council’s plans and budgets.

The visit was part of a programme of activity to promote Engage NBBC, the Council’s corporate plan and budget consultation exercise. With significant savings required over the next few years, the Council wants to ensure that its services reflect the priorities of local people.

There will be other opportunities to speak to Cabinet members and officers about the consultation; visits are planned to Bedworth Indoor Market on Tuesday 18 September and again to Nuneaton Market on Wednesday 26 September, both 10am-1pm. In addition, staff will be taking out surveys to various locations around the Borough including sports centres, the Museum and Art Gallery and Nuneaton Library. Members of the Housing Team will also encourage people to complete the surveys during regular estate walkabouts across the Borough.

The Council would like as many people as possible to participate in Engage NBBC – there are two online surveys, one seeking views on ‘Delivering our Future’, the Council’s strategic plan, and the other asking for feedback on budget priorities. Please visit www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/survey to complete the surveys. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Town Hall, Bedworth Onestop shop and Bedworth Indoor Market.

Cllr Jackson said:

“There are particularly challenging times ahead and so it is more important than ever that we align what we spend to what local people want.

“Like most other local authorities in the UK, NBBC is having to make some significant savings and some difficult choices about the services we provide. It will no longer be possible to deliver everything we have provided in the past, quite simply the money won’t be there. For this reason we need to know what our residents and businesses consider to be most important.

“It was really helpful to meet people today – I have taken away some of the thoughts of residents and businesses along with many completed surveys. These drop-in sessions provide a good opportunity to hear people’s views on our proposals and get some helpful feedback. They also give people the chance to ask questions.

“This consultation exercise is all about securing the future of Council services, so that we can continue to provide the best possible services to meet the needs of our residents and businesses. We have a legal duty to balance our books, so with reduced funds available to us, it is essential that our priorities are crystal clear.

“I would urge our residents to complete the surveys online or come along to see us at one of the sessions we have planned.”

Engage NBBC runs until 30 September 2018 for the budget, and 31 October 2018 for ‘Delivering our Future’.