Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Saturday 17th May 10am

Councillors Ward Surgery

Every third Saturday in the month at least one of your Wallington South councillors makes themselves available to talk face to face to any residents who have a problem they would like help resolving.

 

We have a small meeting room on the second floor of Wallington Library where residents can turn up between 10 & 11.30am without appointment to talk to us.

 

Of course residents can telephone us or write, or even catch us in the street as sometimes happens, but it is standard practice for councillors also to hold a regular surgery. Attendance at these surgeries varies.

 

This Saturday it was Richard Bailey & myself, with no one expected and no one turning up unannounced. So we talked between ourselves for a while, caught up on a few ward matters, and went our separate ways at 11.30.

 

We originally held the surgery on the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the farmers’ market. Attendance was fairly low then so at my suggestion it was changed to the third Saturday. My thinking was that given the choice residents may prefer to make the most of the farmers’ market rather than talking to us. However there has been no significant change in attendance levels.

 

We would welcome residents’ feedback on the timing of our surgeries. Is Saturday morning the best time or would an evening slot be more useful? Do we not advertise the surgeries sufficiently? Are residents unsure of the issues we can help with?

 

Please note that we do not hold a surgery during August.

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May 25, 2008 - Posted by | Meeting

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