Newsletter aims to make public aware

PUBLISHED: 12:24 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010

Town clerk Susan Thornton Bjork, left, with councillors Robert Smith, Lindsay Davidson, and Marguerite Phillips - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2155DW02

Town clerk Susan Thornton Bjork, left, with councillors Robert Smith, Lindsay Davidson, and Marguerite Phillips - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2155DW02

A NEWSLETTER is about to be given a trial run as part of Royston Town Council s plans to raise public awareness. Councillor Lindsay Davidson told The Crow: We are attempting to make the public aware of the town council and its role. This will be a tri

A NEWSLETTER is about to be given a "trial run" as part of Royston Town Council's plans to raise public awareness.

Councillor Lindsay Davidson told The Crow: "We are attempting to make the public aware of the town council and its role.

"This will be a trial run and we want to see the response. It's another way of making contact with people," she said.

The production of the newsletter - which will be distributed early next month - has not cost a penny of town council cash, said Cllr Davidson.

"It's all been done on a voluntary basis by members," she said.

The newsletter is expected to be distributed with the monthly Crime Report from Royston police, and will be available at such places at the town hall, Royston library and GP surgeries.

"The aim is to make people more aware of what the town council does," said Cllr Davidson.

A group of councillors have been working on the newsletter over the past two months.

Speaking about the newsletter at a recent finance committee meeting, Cllr Davidson said it would "signify a further development of the town council's efforts to communicate with its electorate".

She said it would "significantly raise" the town council's public profile in "a positive manner".

Cllr Davidson said that one hope of producing the newsletter was to obtain a response from the public on local issues.

She said it could be used as tool for residents to give their views on matters of concern.

The success of the "trial run" will determine whether the newsletter will be produced on a quarterly basis.

Production of a newsletter helps the town council, too, towards applying for quality council status.

A working party is currently engaged on seeing whether the town council meets the criteria to apply for quality council status.

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