Basingstoke and Deane Crest smCouncil takes local democracy on the road.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council officers and councillors will be getting out and about to meet local people this October during Local Democracy Week.

Residents will have the chance to check their electoral registration and find out more about voting in elections at the council’s roadshow which is on tour from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. They’ll also be able to have a chat to local councillors to find out more about what it’s like to stand for election and to represent a ward.

Council officers attending the stands will welcome visitors at Whitchurch Town Hall on Tuesday (2pm to 5pm)

The national Local Democracy Week theme is ‘Citizen participation, consultation and commitment: for a thriving local democracy’ and the borough council aims to raise awareness about how and why people should be involved. Leaflets about the council’s work will also be available and members of the public will be invited to take part in a true or false game to find out how much they know about voting.

Head of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Bhupinder Gill said:

“This is an opportunity to get an insight into the world of local government and to find out more about the local democratic process. It’s a chance to learn more about what can influence a person to vote in an election, and the role of the council in the elections process. For anyone who’s ever thought about standing as a councillor it’s also an opportunity to talk with those who have made that leap. Everyone is welcome at the stand, and I hope that many of our residents will be able to join us as we go on the road.”