Mansfield Citizens’ Panel member Emma Cornell is celebrating after being picked out of the hat to win a £50 gift voucher.
Emma is one of 380 members who belong to Mansfield District Council’s Citizens’ Panel, which gives members of the public the opportunity to express their views on a wide range of local issues. The prize draw was open to members who returned their questionnaires.
Emma said: “I enjoy being a member of the Citizens’ Panel, as it’s interesting having your say about Council services and I enjoy reading the feedback from other members. The Panel is an opportunity for people to give their opinions and tell the Council what to focus on. The questionnaire is very easy to fill in - I do it from my phone.”
Members are emailed an online survey in March, June, September and December, in which they are asked questions on topics such as how the Council is performing, how it should shape its services and what its priorities should be. The survey is easy to complete with tick boxes to mark your responses and the occasional comment box.
Anyone who lives in the District and is aged 16 and over can join.
Coun Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Issues, said: “Being a member of the Citizens’ Panel is vital to the development and future success of Mansfield. The results from each survey are fed back to Council departments, who use the information to deliver services in the best possible way. We really want to hear from the people of Mansfield and the Citizens’ Panel is an effective way for people to get their views across.”
A paper version of the Citizen Panel survey is available for people, who do not have access to a computer.