Members of the public
are being invited to take a crash course in local democracy.
Local Democracy Week,
which began on Monday, is being marked by a series of meetings
and seminars to inform people how local co-ordination works in
Area Co-ordination is in
place to carry out four main functions: to ensure money is spent
wisely, to help various services to work together efficiently,
to be more responsive to local needs by helping residents to
band together to help themselves and to make it easier for
people to contact city council departments.
Coventry is divided into
six areas, each with its own local area co-ordination office
with full time support staff. Throughout this week forum
meetings are being held in each area, headed by the four local
area co-ordinating officers, so the public can learn more about
its local democracy.
"We recognise the
importance of local democracy. Area co-ordination represents
our commitment to increase democracy at many levels. It is
important that people participate. They should get out of
their armchairs and into the debating chamber.
at local ward level underlines our intention to provide
honest, accountable and transparent local government in
To help explain the
democratic process Val Clowes, the city council's Principal
Elections Officer, was at Hillfields Area Co-ordination Office
in Primrose Hill Street on Tuesday. She was answering questions
on completing the electoral registration form, what to do after
moving house, postal or proxy voting, changes in the law and any
other electoral matters.
Details of other
meetings through the week can be obtained from local area