We’re focussing on conversations (not consultations) in our local places. And our new approach to citizen engagement is catching on across Kirklees, with lots of communities asking to get involved.
In the Kirkburton ward, we’re supporting Shelley Community Association with their Ask Shelley activities. Local volunteers and Kirklees Council staff are out and about in Shelley village from 8th to 24th October 2019, asking what citizens think of life in the area.
We’re using a tool called the “Place Standard”. This is a way of helping to get conversations going about any place (it could be your street, neighbourhood or town), by using some simple questions.
Ward councillors have been able to offer advice and support to get things started, based on their own experience of Ask Shepley in the neighbouring village.
Each of our local places has its own unique identity, and these activities will help us to recognise that. We’re looking forward to hearing what people say about life in Shelley.
The Ask Shelley team hope that these conversations will give a voice to local citizens, including those who might not be active in civic life, and be the first step in helping local volunteers and Kirklees Council to collaborate in a new way, based around local aspirations.
You can find out more about how to get involved on the Ask Shelley web pages: