Last Tuesday's Parish Council meeting was well attended and exposed lots of strong emotions towards the pub at the centre of our village. Many audience members took the opportunity to speak and it was good to hear the varied representations put forward. It's not easy to stand up in front of a crowd and say how you feel but that's just what many of you did in order to let the Parish Council hear what is important to you.
The Parish Council's decision to nominate the Crown as an Asset of Community Value was deferred until the next meeting on Tuesday 5th September at 19:30.
There will be a member of the Borough Council present this time. So come along and hear how your elected Council members are listening to you and working on your behalf.
Once again, there will be a 15 minute space on the agenda for the public to be heard. The agenda is full so let's help things along by sticking to what's important. Say your piece and see how local politics can have an influence, or not, on the greater benefit of all of the community.
If you decide to raise your hand and speak, here are a few tips to help you be heard;
- Raise your hand and wait for your turn. This ensures you won't be spoken over.
- Keep it short and don't waffle. There isn't a lot of time aside for public comments and others may be waiting to speak. A few sentences can convey a lot of info.
- Rehearse if you're nervous. Practise beforehand by speaking out loud in front of a friend or family member.
- Keep to the facts but say how you feel. This is perhaps the hardest part. Your opinion of what is right vs wrong is only opinion and you may not know the whole story.
- Avoid insulting anyone. It's easily done in the heat of the moment but stay calm, wait your turn to speak. Offending people only weakens your opinions in the eyes of others.
- Don't storm out. What you say may not be clear to others. Leaving early prevents them from gaining a better understanding of your concerns.
There is a full agenda this time but this item will be first on the list and you can leave the meeting straight after, there's no need to stay until the end. If you can't make it on the 5th you still have time to email members of the Borough Council. Their details can be found at the end of this post.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Don't forget to include your name and address on any written council communications.
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