People living in Hebburn are being urged to attend a special meeting next week (Monday 24th February) about how to make better use of their local Community Area Forum (CAF) as a place to raise issues and voice concerns.
Chairman of Hebburn CAF, Councillor Jim Sewell, is hoping that more residents will to go to CAF meetings and express their views about local issues. He says: "The CAF is the place to discuss what is happening in your area. It is a platform for discussing community issues with local Councillors and Council workers. We tackle a vast range of subjects from housing through to crime, youth disorder, public transport and environmental concerns."
This special meeting will take place on Monday 24th February at 2pm in Hebburn Civic Centre. Anyone living in the town is invited to give their opinion on how the CAF can be improved and how to involve more local people in issues affecting them.
Councillor Sewell adds: "Councillors work for residents, but we must have their views and we must know their concerns about local issues and how they are affecting people. I hope as many people as possible make a real effort to come along on Monday and tell us what needs to be done to make CAFs more accessible to the general public. People who are working or who cannot attend can ring me or e-mail me with their suggestions and I will make sure their opinion is heard."
Community Area Forums represent the six main areas of South Tyneside: Hebburn, Jarrow, South Shields Riverside, West Shields, East Shields, and Boldon/Cleadon/Whitburn. They have representatives of business and community groups and deal with matters of local concern as well as deciding on budgets for local projects. They are also the place to hand in petitions.