Braintree leader to meet public

THE leader of a council in Essex is to pay visits around his district to answer questions from members of the public about its future policies and priorities.

By Roddy Ashworth

THE leader of a council in Essex is to pay visits around his district to answer questions from members of the public about its future policies and priorities.

Graham Butland and other senior councillors will be in Witham, Braintree and Halstead town centres over the next two weeks to listen to views and suggestions about Braintree District Council.

The consultation sessions are one of several ways that councillors are trying to improve their understanding of local people's concerns and priorities before next year's budget is put to the council's cabinet.

Councillors are keen to hear what residents think about the proposals for it to share public premises with other organisations, which organisations it should operate with, and where they should be located.

Mr Butland said: “This is one of several opportunities for people to tell me and leading councillors what they think about the council's priorities and how their council tax should be used for local services.

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“We're keen to hear from people about the issues that concern them.”

Anyone can go to the consultation sessions, in each town centre, by finding the council trailer at the following locations and times:

* Tomorrow, Friday September 14, at Witham's Grove Centre between 10am and 3pm

* Wednesday September 19 George Yard, Braintree between 9am and 5pm

* Tuesday September 25 at Weavers Court, Halstead between 9am and 2pm