COUNCIL chiefs want residents to have their say on how the borough is run by joining Woking Citizens’ Panel.
The panel, made up of locals aged 16 and above, are sent questions via email or post on a range of subjects from leisure, waste and recycling to parking and housing.
These views are then taken into account by the council when planning service provisions.
There are currently more than 1,000 members and, to be as representative as possible of the 2011 Census, more are needed, especially in under-represented wards across the borough.
Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, Councillor Graham Cundy, said: “The campaign message, ‘Your Woking. Your Say’ is very fitting as local residents are the best people to give their views on how they want their services delivered.
“I am eager to encourage those residents living in under-represented wards to come forward to ensure Woking is wholly represented.
“Woking Citizens’ Panel is simple to be a part of, doesn’t require a lot of commitment and enables residents to have their views listened to.”
Panel member Adrian, from St Johns, said: “I joined the Citizens’ Panel as I feel strongly about developments in Woking, so given the chance to influence the way Woking develops and how they spend our Council Tax, I grasped the opportunity.”
The council are especially keen to hear from residents living in currently under-represented wards.
These include Byfleet, Goldsworth West, Hermitage and Knaphill South, Knaphill, Maybury and Sheerwater, Mount Hermon West, Old Woking and West Byfleet.
To join Woking Citizens’ Panel visit www.woking.gov.uk/citizenspanel, contact 01483 743429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents can also write to Stakeholder Engagement, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL.