Engaging process

Ellon town centre
Ellon town centre

A MOVE is under way by Aberdeenshire Council to encourage communities to help shape policy and decisions.

The council is seeking feedback from householders, community groups, voluntary organisations and others on its draft community engagement strategy.

It aims to emphasise the local authority’s ongoing commitment to interact with as wide a cross-section of residents as possible, and will focus on bringing a co-ordinated approach to community engagement.

The strategy will ensure that there are genuine opportunities for communities to interact with the council and get involved in shaping policy and decisions taken.

Councillor Jim Gifford, council leader, said: “This is a great chance for residents to let us know what they think about how we engage with them and to help shape the future development of our engagement strategy.

“We want to know what the people of Aberdeenshire think of the work we are doing and effective communication between ourselves and residents is absolutely key when it comes to providing the best services we can.”

Residents are asked to read the draft strategy, which is available online, and give their feedback on what is currently proposed by visiting www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/consultations/index_db.asp People can also give their feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/s/cestrategy.