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Next Round of York Ward Meetings Start

York city council

9:49am 3rd April 2013

The next round of ward meetings, where residents can have their say on local issues with City of York ward councillors, are coming up.

During ward meetings, residents can find out more about what’s happened in their ward over the last year; what priorities and issues councillors are focussing on over the coming year and the ward funding process for local community groups.

City of York Council says that at some of these meetings there will also be the launch of new community contracts. They add that these include local information for the ward, including details of residents’ associations or parish councils, what goes on in the ward, who lives there, what community groups are active and what community facilities exist locally.

The contracts will also include information on the challenges that exist in the ward, and set out updated ward priorities, which were decided following a survey of residents last year to find out the most important issues affecting local communities, say the council. They add that they also take into account the latest census data and feedback from providers, services and organisation working in the wards.

Cllr Dafydd Williams, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “The new community contracts will enable us to work with residents, community groups, council officers and other partners who play significant roles within the community, to plan projects which ensure residents’ priorities are met.”

Information on community contracts will be available online shortly, say City of York Council and in local venues such as community centres, local libraries and doctor’s surgeries when they have been finalised.

Ward meetings will run throughout April and May, with the first one being 3 April. For more information on when and where each ward meeting is being held, look out for the new edition of Your Voice or visit www.york.gov.uk/wards.

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