CHESHIRE West and Chester’s Labour councillors held the first of a series of ‘listening events’ in Neston.
Members of the public were invited to the event on February 16 to give their thoughts on the priorities they would like to see from an incoming Labour council after the elections in 2015.
Lively debate centred around values and priorities for the borough and specific ideas for the Neston area.
Cllr Justin Madders, leader of the Labour Group, said: “We had a healthy attendance and plenty of helpful and interesting suggestions about what local people want to see their council do.
“While the next elections are still more than two years away, we feel it is important to spend time now hearing about what really matters to local people.”
Neston councillor Andy Williams said: “It was very interesting and really useful. We have certainly got some idea of what people’s priorities in Neston are, such as residents’ parking schemes, play areas for all the estates; transport to Hooton Station and schemes to bring empty shops back into use. Some great ideas around culture and tourism were also discussed.”
Cllr Louise Gittins, who represents Little Neston and Burton ward, said: “Good housing and social care for all were top of their priorities, along with job creation and a comprehensive transport infrastructure. A living wage played high on the agenda too.”
More ‘Labour Listens’ events will be held across the area.