A total of 177 Denbighshire residents have signed up to work with the county council and be part of a new citizens panel having their voices heard on some key topical issues.
In late 2016 the council asked for views on its draft aspirations through the County Conversation debate.
The council also took the opportunity to ask people whether they would like to get involved in the citizens panel.
1,526 responses were received as part of the debate through online surveys, face to face discussions and over the phone. Those aspirations were then ranked in order of importance to residents:
• Denbighshire is a place where younger people will want to live and work and they have the skills to do so
• Communities are connected and have access to goods and services locally, online or through good transport links
• There is an attractive and protected environment that supports communities’ wellbeing and economic prosperity.
• People can live independent and fulfilled lives in strong, caring, safe and resilient communities
• The Council and communities work together to overcome challenges; devising and delivering joint solutions
• There are events that bring people together, creating active communities and helping business to prosper
These draft priorities will be discussed by the council after the elections.
The next round of the County Conversation campaign will see a series of drop-in sessions in June to help shape these draft priorities further. Details will be publicised nearer the time.
Dr Mohammed Mehmet, Denbighshire’s Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted with the participation in our County Conversation around the draft aspirations and the range of feedback we received. Involving Denbighshire residents at an early stage was crucial, to make sure we were on the right lines in terms of what’s important to ensure healthy, safe and vibrant communities. There was clearly a lot of support for our draft priorities.
“We will be providing all of this information to the new Council and a final decision on the priorities will be made later this year. We have also made a firm commitment to keeping our residents informed on progress with our priorities.
“Many respondents from different parts of the county also said they wanted to be involved in our Citizen’s Panel. This is a great opportunity to work with us and help shape the future direction of the council.
“They will also play an important role as a sounding board, providing a snapshot of public opinion on some of our most important issues. The Citizens Panel is expected to meet for the first time later this year."