WHICKHAM’S 9 Liberal Democrat councillors have carried out a walkabout of the village centre to look at local issues and problems with the locations visited being decided by residents.
The councillors, who represent the three different Whickham wards on Gateshead Council, invited residents by email last week to send in concerns and issues about any problems that need tackling in Whickham village.
All the replied were used to draw up a route for the walkabout which was then carried out on the morning of Saturday 23rd June.
A video of the walkabout was also shot and this will be handed on to officers of Gateshead Council so that they can take up the issues raised.
“We wanted to come up with a new way of letting residents raise concerns,” said Councillor Mary Wallace. “We already do an email newsletter to hundreds of households in the area.
“So we added on to it a request for people to raise concerns about the village centre. Having looked at the issues raised and filmed them on video, we can hand the video on to the appropriate officers.”
Councillor Peter Maughan said, “Residents gave us a long list of issues to take up. We have already raised some with officers.
“This experiment seems to have worked and we will be doing it in other villages as well."