Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging communities to help shape the way it interacts with residents.
The council is seeking feedback from residents, community groups, voluntary organisations and others on its draft community engagement strategy to ensure that it is as effective as possible.
The strategy aims to emphasize Aberdeenshire Council’s ongoing commitment and passion 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 by the local authority.
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.
Councillor Jim Gifford, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, 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.”
Deputy Leader, Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, said: “Aberdeenshire Council has a very clear vision: Serving Aberdeenshire from mountain to sea – the very best of Scotland. In order to achieve this, we need to work together and the council is committed to building an effective dialogue with the people of Aberdeenshire.”
Co-ordinator of the Independent Group, Councillor Norman Smith, added: “The way we interact with people is so important in building strong, active and inclusive communities. We do not just want to keep people informed of what the council is doing, we want their input too – and we want people to let us know the best channels for engagement through this consultation.”