Westminster City Council holds a series of Area Forums across the city three times a year to maintain a link with citizens.
Westminster City Council involves local residents and businesses in local policy decisions to gauge their opinions of the Council and its services. Area Forums provide their members with:
• Information on Council services and Council policies affecting the local area
• The opportunity for residents to give their input on issues that affect their neighbourhood
• A mechanism for residents to have their say on any issue related to Council business
• Actions raised and monitored from feedback
Area Forums enable the City Council to gain a better understanding of the issues and priorities which matter to residents. This helps them to meet local needs and improve local services.
Each Area Forum covers between 2 and 5 electoral wards. The forums are held on a regular basis - approximately every four months - and run from 7pm to 8pm. The Chairman of each Area Forum is a local Councillor nominated by the Leader of the Council.
A surgery is held from 6.30pm to 7pm at the same venue as the main meeting. This gives residents the opportunity to speak to a Council Officer about any Council service issues that require attention. Residents do not have to be a member of Area Forums to attend but are encouraged to join so that the Council can keep them updated about meetings and, importantly, what happens as a direct result of their input.
A Chief Officer attends each meeting and ensures that the recommendations made are properly fed back into the Council's decision-making processes. Any outcomes are reported to Area Forum members either on an individual basis or via the Area Forum newsletter, which is sent out to members after each meeting. If the Council cannot answer a query in full on the evening they will commit to providing an answer after the meeting.
Area Forum website
Westminster City Council P.O. Box 240 Westminster City Hall 64 Victoria Street London SW1E 6QP Switchboard: 020 7641 6000.
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