Councillors set to scrap residents’ surgeries

PUBLISHED: 12:19 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

COUNCILLORS surgeries in Royston are set to be scrapped after being set up 18 months ago. Members of North Herts District Council s Royston area committee are expected to decide to drop the once-a-month surgery at a meeting on Wednesday. In a report to t

COUNCILLORS' surgeries in Royston are set to be scrapped after being set up 18 months ago.

Members of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee are expected to decide to drop the once-a-month surgery at a meeting on Wednesday.

In a report to the committee it is said that the introduction of wider communications means the surgery sessions are no longer seen as a "unique opportunity" for people to meet councillors.

The district council has spent £2,720 running the surgery sessions, and over the period members have met 39 people to discuss particular issues.

There were two sessions when not one resident attended.

In fact, 68 different issues have been discussed during the sessions.

The report continued that even giving more publicity to the surgery would be unlikely to see a substantial increase in people attending.

Members said there were other opportunities to "interact with their constituents".

- Royston Town Council set up surgery sessions several years ago but these were dropped because of a lack of response from residents.

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