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Drop into Bracknell surgery for some sound advice

Published: 2 May 2013 17:000 comments

HOUSING, children and the regeneration of Bracknell are the main issues brought up at councillors' surgeries in Old Bracknell and Wildridings.

Raising issues: Resident Keith Tutty speaks to Cllrs Dee Hamilton, Peter Heydon and Iain McCracken at last month's surgery. The next walk-in session will be held on Saturday.

The next walk-in monthly meeting for residents of the two wards will be on Saturday from 11am-12.30pm, at Easthampstead and Wildridings Community Centre.

Bracknell Forest councillors Peter Heydon, Iain McCracken and Emma Barnard launched the surgeries before Christmas, and are keen to interact with the people they represent as much as they can.

Cllr Heydon said: "So far we've been talking to a lot of mums but also a lot of mature people who've lived in Bracknell for 30, 40, or even 50 years! One thing that's constant is they're proud of being in Bracknell and they want to be more proud."

He explained people often come to the surgeries as they are unsure who the right person is for addressing their problem.

"As councillors we've got power but no authority," said Cllr Heydon. "We can make sure they talk to the right people, but we can't do the [council] officers' jobs for them. It's about reassuring people."

He added: "Our function is to act as a bridge between the borough and residents."

Cllr Heydon said littering, dog fouling, speeding, road safety and parking are among issues raised. The surgeries are held at the same time on the first Saturday of the month at Easthampstead and Wildridings Community Centre in Rectory Lane.

Contact Cllr Heydon via peter.heydon@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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