Driffield town councilors have vowed to consult the public on a regular basis as a new era of openness unfolds.
Prior to the summer recess, members of the authority had been accused of failing to properly consult the public when setting the annual budget.
Now they have resolved to launch a series of “meet your councillors” events - something they claimed had already suggested before they were criticised by a disgruntled member of the public.
The idea was put to the council by Coun Matthew Garrard who said: “The idea behind this is that the councillors and community can meet to discuss topics that are happening currently, but alaso to give the community a chance to inform the town council what issues are important to them.”
He said the scheme would bring the council and community closer together and would help to improve communications with residents. It would also give people the chance to bring forward their own ideas about how the town should be improved.
“It will give an opportunity to the town council to fully explain and promote their role, aims and objectives, but also provide information on current projects such as the public piece of art. It will give the residents the opportunity to tell the town council what they would like to see prioritised in the forthcoming budget setting for 2014/15.”
Coun Garrard said: “I understand that councillor surgeries have taken place in the past without much success, perhaps we could try an open evening at Cass Hall in September and a Saturday morning drop in session in mid October.”
Coun Joyce Fletcher said: “I think we should give it a go and see how it goes,” and Coun Joan Cooper added: “Getting the public involved in a precept is a good idea.” Coun Steve Poessl said: “If people won’t come to us we will go to them. Sometime people are not sure what to expect of councillors.”
The mayor, Coun Heather Venter said: “We should make it informal, perhaps have a cup of tea with them.”