The community forums are designed to target community issues by listening to what local people have to say and working in partnership to get things done.
With input from a whole cross-section of groups, including town, parish, district and county councillors, residents and volunteers, the forums will be able to get right to the heart of the matter. Other agencies such as the NHS and the police may also attend.
There are four forums in East Hampshire:
Alton and surrounding villages
Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle
Petersfield, Liss and surrounding villages
Whitehill/Bordon, Liphook, Headley, Grayshott, Lindford & Greatham
Local residents are encouraged to bring community issues and projects to the meetings in their area to help them focus on tackling tough local problems.
The format provides an effective collaboration between three tiers of local government, partner organisations and residents to meet the aspirations of local communities.
The forums will help identify and prioritise the most important local issues and compile them into a detailed and focussed Community Action Plan.
Whether a community needs more youth facilities, better countryside conservation, improved public transport or a new building the new community forums will be able to advise and support residents towards their goal.
Who's on the forums
Each of the community forums is made up of:
Councillors from district and county council
Councillors from parish council (Whitehill/Bordon, Liphook, Headley, Grayshott Forum, and Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle forum)
Parish representatives (Petersfield, Liss and surrounding villages forum and Alton and surrounding villages forum)
Members of East Hampshire Youth Council (when applicable)
At the heart of the new style of forums is an ongoing commitment that local people are fully involved in the decisions that affect them. Residents and key organisations play an active part in the community forums.
Why work like this?
By working in partnership with local communities, the council can achieve so much more than it ever could on its own.
We hope this will lead to better services, better communities and a better quality of life for everyone in East Hampshire.
Support officer: Cynthia Haveron. Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234092
Phone: 01730 234092