Have YOUR say on our spending plans

Derbyshire Dales residents have an early opportunity to have their say on their local council's spending plans for 2015/16.

The conversation about Derbyshire Dales District Council's upcoming budget will start next month at a series of free public events in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock.

In addition to a general question and answer session - with a panel including leading local councillors and senior officers - the forums will invite feedback on the budget, which is due to be set early next year.

The District Council will also seek local people's views soon through an online survey.

Cllr Lewis Rose OBEDistrict Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"We have a reputation for being a listening council and with funding tighter than ever in the coming year we need to hear how local people want their money to be spent.

"As ever, it's a case of achieving a balance between the things people would like to see happen and what we can actually afford – but this is a vital time of year where the people of the Derbyshire Dales play a key role in setting their own priorities."

The 7pm forums will take place at three District Council venues: Ashbourne Leisure Centre on Monday 6 October, Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Monday 13 October and at Matlock Town Hall on Wednesday 29 October.

The Matlock forum will also feature a presentation on the regeneration of the town's Bakewell Road by the recently formed Matlock Community Vision group.

Also taking part at all three events will be local clinical commissioning groups, talking about partnership working and how local health services are changing.

Anyone who can't attend in person can submit questions in advance online, by email to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council's Facebook and Twitter pages. The Bakewell forum will also feature a live Twitter feed using the #dddc hashtag

Ourweb video explains more about the District Council's forums. For further details or to be added to the District Council's mailing list, email communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or call 01629 761302.

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