I’m in a po­si­tion to make a dif­fer­ence

Mick War­ren

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

SINCE be­ing elected in May I have been asked many times ‘what does a Cheshire East Coun­cil­lor do?’

The most im­por­tant role of a coun­cil­lor is to rep­re­sent res­i­dents in their ward area.

Be­ing an In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor al­lows me to voice opin­ions and vote on is­sues such as the Lo­cal Plan on be­half of the res­i­dents of the ward rather than fol­low­ing party pol­icy.

As a coun­cil­lor, I am in a po­si­tion where I able to make a real dif­fer­ence to res­i­dents’ lives and im­prove the area they live in.

How­ever this is only pos­si­ble by be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to res­i­dents, es­pe­cially lis­ten­ing and talk­ing to them.

What is the best way to know what is­sues are con­cern­ing res­i­dents at any given time? There is no one best way to do this; I think be­ing a long term res­i­dent in the ward I rep­re­sent helps, as I am able to talk to friends, neigh­bours and peo­ple I meet ev­ery day about is­sues.

I regularly speak to our lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers, as well as hold­ing reg­u­lar surg­eries to gauge what is­sues are con­cern­ing peo­ple.

Surg­eries are im­por­tant, they pro­vide res­i­dents a chance to meet coun­cil­lors and dis­cuss their prob­lems or con­cerns face to face. The quar­terly news­let­ter I pro­duce at my own ex­pense for ev­ery house­hold, de­tails what I have done over the pre­vi­ous pe­riod and seeks opin­ions from res­i­dents on lo­cal is­sues, as well as pro­vid­ing all my con­tact de­tails and surgery dates.

In my opin­ion this is the best way to keep peo­ple in­formed.

Ob­vi­ously the other im­por­tant role of a coun­cil­lor is be­ing part of com­mit­tees, es­pe­cially those that scru­ti­nise de­ci­sions taken by the leader and the Cab­i­net, which is a sub­ject I may fo­cus on in my next col­umn in Oc­to­ber.

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