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First community meeting in Lowestoft set to give people a say

11:35 01 July 2014

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A new type of public meeting is to be held in Lowestoft tonight to give people a chance to air their views on a wide range of issues affecting them.

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Tonight a community engagement meeting will be held at Lowestoft Sixth Form College in Rotterdam Road from 6pm.

The new type of meeting will replace the police’s Lowestoft Safer Neighbourhood Team priority setting meetings and is designed to give residents the chance to raise any issues or concerns with agencies including police, Waveney District and Suffolk County councils and health organisations.

Until now the neighbourhood teams held separate meetings once every three months to allow residents to have a say about what police should treat as a priority.

The new meeting will set the same priorities, but it will include other public organisations such as Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and Health East to give people the opportunity to highlight any concerns they have across a range of subjects.

All the organisation attending are partners in Lowestoft Rising, which was set up to improve the way the public and voluntary sector operates for the town, with the aim of making it a better place.

The meeting will start at 6pm. It will be preceded and followed by surgery sessions that will give the opportunity for people talk to individuals from the agencies involved.

These will be available from 5.30pm until the 6pm main meeting starts and again from 7.30pm.

Supt Phil Aves, from Lowestoft Rising, said; “The new meeting aims to give people from the Lowestoft area the chance to talk to senior staff from police, district and county council and health organisations to make their voices heard about what is happening in the community and what should be dealt with.

“It will give people the chance to have a say about what we treat as a priority and brings agencies and the community together to make improvements.”

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