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Suffolk County Council reveals common talking points from public at We Are Listening events

PUBLISHED: 13:14 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 02 June 2018

Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks speaking to members of the public at the Suffolk Show Picture: ANDREW ST LEDGER

Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks speaking to members of the public at the Suffolk Show Picture: ANDREW ST LEDGER

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Potholes, children’s centres and community safety are among some of the key issues being raised by people at meet and greet events, according to the county council.

Potholes are among the most common issues raised at the We Are Listening events   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPotholes are among the most common issues raised at the We Are Listening events Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The We Are Listening events take place between 11am and 1pm in different areas of the county, allowing people the chance to come along and meet with senior Suffolk County Council members, officers and other key staff.

The aim is to allow people to raise issues affecting them or their community, and speak to those with the knowledge and responsibility for those areas.

The council has so far held five this year, with a further six set for the coming months.

Suffolk County Council’s head of communications, Andrew St Ledger, said that the team gets between 50 and 100 people attend every two hour session.

“Every comment we receive we do take action on,” he said.

“It’s giving people the opportunity to talk about what they want to talk about, it’s not about going out and talking about council policy.

“We genuinely do care and we want to know what people are thinking.”

As well as meeting people face-to-face, the team is encouraging those who cannot make it along to tweet @Suffolkcc using #wearelistening to share their concerns and comments.

Events are lined up in Lowestoft and Felixstowe in June, before visiting Framlingham, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Ipswich.

The team has reported that potholes and highways matters, children’s centres and community safety are the most popular talking points.

Potholes can be reported there and then at the event, as well as people raising concerns for a particular individual who may need support from the care system.

Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks said: “I’m clear that I want Suffolk County Council to listen to Suffolk residents at the We Are Listening events so that we can find out what’s important to them.

“I am really interested to hear about people’s priorities and ideas for our county which will help us to serve the needs of our communities.

“It is also vital that we work in collaboration with our local partners to find the best ways of working to continuously improve the services we all provide to the people of Suffolk.”

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