CREATIVE COUNCILS:ELECTED MEMBERS AND PUBLICENGAGEMENT     Mary Reid     mary@maryreid.org.uk
What motivates councillors?Structures and strategies that supportpublic engagement
WHAT MOTIVATESCOUNCILLORS?
I want to improve                    things for local                    residents                        I want to get   ...
BUT …                           I’m a                           backbencher so I’m elected to represent the             I ...
WHY ENGAGE?        Evidence                    driven                   decision-                    making               ...
WHY ENGAGE?             I want to                       please my                         electors     It fits with       ...
Councillors are elected by, and represent,the residents, so it is in their interest to findout what the residents want and...
Small projectsLarge projects
Small projects are just as important, if not  more important, to councillors as largeones, because they are the ones that ...
Identify                   problem                                   Inform andMonitor                              consul...
For the councillor, feedback is crucial.
STRUCTURES AND STRATEGIESTHAT SUPPORT PUBLICENGAGEMENT
Structures and strategies that• allow people  (councillors, officers, residents) to work co-  operatively towards the best...
AREA COMMITTEES
Neighbourhoods inKingston upon Thames
Responsible for local matters including• Traffic• Parking• Planning applications• Parks and open spaces• LibrariesNeighbou...
A meeting of the SOUTH OF THE BOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMITTEE will beheld at CHESSINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATRE, GARRIS...
RUNNING ORDERItems may be taken in a different order depending on the interests of the members of thepublic present at the...
TASK GROUPS
STREET MEETINGS
COMMUNITY PANELS
ONLINE CHANNELS
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Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
Mary Reid: "Elected representatives and community engagement"
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Mary Reid, a former (and undefeated) councillor, mayor and cabinet member in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames discusses elected representatives and community engagement.

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    1. 1. CREATIVE COUNCILS:ELECTED MEMBERS AND PUBLICENGAGEMENT Mary Reid mary@maryreid.org.uk
    2. 2. What motivates councillors?Structures and strategies that supportpublic engagement
    3. 3. WHAT MOTIVATESCOUNCILLORS?
    4. 4. I want to improve things for local residents I want to get re-elected I want to be associatedI want to improve with popularthe public and successfulperception of initiativescouncillors
    5. 5. BUT … I’m a backbencher so I’m elected to represent the I don’t make residents so I any decisions don’t need to I don’t like consult them confrontation I don’t know how I didn’t expect to (or don’t want to get elected to) use social media
    6. 6. WHY ENGAGE? Evidence driven decision- making Councillors The wisdom of and Sustainable outcomes the crowd Council officers Popular outcomes
    7. 7. WHY ENGAGE? I want to please my electors It fits with It raises my my political philosophy Councillors profile It’s democracy!
    8. 8. Councillors are elected by, and represent,the residents, so it is in their interest to findout what the residents want and try to make it happen.
    9. 9. Small projectsLarge projects
    10. 10. Small projects are just as important, if not more important, to councillors as largeones, because they are the ones that really capture the interest of the voting public
    11. 11. Identify problem Inform andMonitor consult residents Feedback Make to residents decision
    12. 12. For the councillor, feedback is crucial.
    13. 13. STRUCTURES AND STRATEGIESTHAT SUPPORT PUBLICENGAGEMENT
    14. 14. Structures and strategies that• allow people (councillors, officers, residents) to work co- operatively towards the best solution• reduce confrontation and aim for consensus• are accessible, relevant and interesting to residents• make best use of ward councillors• are effective and efficient
    15. 15. AREA COMMITTEES
    16. 16. Neighbourhoods inKingston upon Thames
    17. 17. Responsible for local matters including• Traffic• Parking• Planning applications• Parks and open spaces• LibrariesNeighbourhood Improvement Fund
    18. 18. A meeting of the SOUTH OF THE BOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMITTEE will beheld at CHESSINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATRE, GARRISON LANE, KT92JS on WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2012 at 7:30 pmMembers of the CommitteeChessington North & Hook Ward Tolworth & Hook Rise WardCouncillor Andrew Day Councillor Sharon HartleyCouncillor Alan Dean Councillor Rolson DaviesCouncillor Margaret Thompson Councillor Vicki Harris (Vice-Chair)Chessington South WardCouncillor Rachel Reid (Chair)Councillor Patricia BamfordCouncillor Shiraz MirzaNEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGER’S SURGERYThe Neighbourhood Manager, Barry Allen, will be available from 6.30pm before themeeting to answer any questions or address any areas of concern.QUESTION TIME AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETINGThere is a Question Time of up to the first 30 minutes from 7.30pm-8pm. Details onasking questions, access to the meeting, speaking on items, and other information is onthe yellow pages, just after the list of agenda items.
    19. 19. RUNNING ORDERItems may be taken in a different order depending on the interests of the members of thepublic present at the meeting. Please fill out a pink form, available at the start of themeeting, if you would like to request that a particular item is heard earlier.AGENDAA APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEB DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST - Members are asked to state any interests -personal or prejudicial – on items on this agenda.C PETITIONS - To receive any petitions from residents.1. MINUTESTo confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2012.2. NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGERS REPORTThe Neighbourhood Manager will report on issues arising.3. PLANNING APPLICATIONS (Appendix A)4. PLANNING CONSULTATION (11/10311/FUL): ARGENT HOUSE, HOOK RISESOUTH, SURBITON, KT6 7LD (Appendix B)5. PLANNING CONSULTATION (12/10008/FUL): CHESSINGTON WORLD OFADVENTURE, LEATHERHEAD ROAD, CHESSINGTON, KT9 2HS (Appendix C)6. TOLWORTH GIRLS SCHOOL WALKING SCHEME (Appendix D)7. HOOK ROAD / ELM ROAD JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT (Appendix E)8. NEIGHBOURHOOD GRANTS (Appendix F)9. URGENT ITEMS AUTHORISED BY THE CHAIR10. INFORMATION ITEMS (Appendix G)
    20. 20. TASK GROUPS
    21. 21. STREET MEETINGS
    22. 22. COMMUNITY PANELS
    23. 23. ONLINE CHANNELS
    24. 24. Why politicians shouldn’t get too cocky

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