Survey will give public their say

DAVENTRY Town Council has decreed it wants to be ‘led by the people’ after agreeing to undertake a public consultation this year.

At a meeting on Monday night councillors voted in favour of consulting the public to find out exactly what the people of Daventry want for the town.

A working group of five councillors has been appointed and it’s likely an outside consultation firm will be brought in to draw up a plan.

The council hopes to have the consultation underway by summer time.

Cllr Lynne Taylor, who put the idea forward, said: “This is something we’ve been talking about for a long time.

“We have had no proper consultation with the public since 2009.

“We are now three years down the line and people and their ideas have changed. So we now need to ask our people what it is they want for the town.

“We need to make our people’s voice heard. We need the public to lead us, not for us to lead them.”

Cllr Mark Wesley seconded the motion.

He said: “I do think it’s important that we do this.

“There are lot of plans for the town so let’s get this out there and see what people say.

“Without information from the public we don’t know what we are talking about. It will cost money but if we do it properly that will validate the cost.

“We want to know what the people of Daventry think and want, and the end goal of this consultation is to work towards that.”

Concerns were raised about potential costs, which councillors said could run into ‘thousands’.

But the council voted in favour of the process and will now begin investigating how public opinion can best be gauged.

Cllr Maureen Luke said: “Consultation is a tough thing to do and I don’t think we have the power to do it as a council. We should pay for people to come in and set up a proper process.”

Fellow councillors agreed this is the best way forward.