Residents’ views heard

Dozens of residents got the chance to air their views and issues at a pioneering forum organised by the leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Kate Hollern.

The event at King George’s Hall was an opportunity for residents to give their views or voice their concerns on issues which matter to them, their families and their communities.

The audience was made up of residents from different walks of life and a number of issues and topics were discussed.

Facilities for young people, how the Council is getting investment in the borough and the good work residents are doing under the Your Call were among the topics discussed.

Community togetherness, grit bins, children’s play areas and transport were also brought up in the open meeting where nothing was out of bounds and the agenda was set by residents.

Councillor Hollern chaired and her fellow councillors, Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Young People, and Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, were also on hand.

Councillor Hollern said:  “I’m eager to get to the heart of issues in Blackburn with Darwen which is what this session did.  We went there with a blank piece of paper – no hidden agenda. The audience decided what we discussed.
“It was a good meeting. The audience challenged us on issues but I also challenged them back. I said to them the only way we can improve the borough is working together.

“This is the very essence of our Your Call campaign – if you take the initiative,  we will work with  you. Similarly, if people come forward to raise issues of concern to them we will do our best to address them.

“This isn’t the only chance people will get but the first of many opportunities.”

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