Talk To A Councillor
Published: 09 August 2022
Face to face meetings with town councillors are back on the agenda for residents who want to raise questions, make suggestions or discuss problems.
The return of monthly drop-in sessions at Banbury Town Hall mean people can talk informally about issues or concerns – though the topics must be relevant to the town and to Banbury Town Council decision-making.
It will be ‘business as usual’ as the monthly surgeries were regular features until they were suspended in 2020 because of coronavirus.
Appointments are not needed. Anyone can call in between 10am and midday.
The meetings will take place on the first Saturday of each month – except August and January – and two councillors will be available on a rota basis to meet members of the public.
The next meeting will be on 3 September when councillors Helen Mears and Kieron Mallon will be on duty.
Cllr Mallon, leader of the town council, said: “People can discuss issues, worries or concerns that come under the town council’s responsibilities.
“The meetings are important to the council as we learn what people think about what we’re doing.
“We find out which issues mean most to people – and we listen to what is said.”
Cllr Mallon added: “We always say that the town council is the local authority that is closest to the people and these open-house meetings demonstrate that.”
• Banbury Town Council looks after parks, play areas, open spaces, cemeteries, sports grounds, allotments, bus shelters, annual events, civic events, crime prevention initiatives, the town hall, and dog litter bins.
All other matters are Cherwell District Council or Oxfordshire County Council.