Aberdeen residents urged to get onboard to help shape policy and review performance in the city

Citizens across Aberdeen are being encouraged to have their say in the city's future with the 27th City Voice questionnaire dropping through letterboxes today (3 October).

The questionnaire looks at a number of priority services and seeks panellists views on where public and voluntary sector budgets are best served. There are also additional questions on a variety of topics.

The panel is open to residents of all ages but City Voice are urging more people aged between 16 and 34 to get involved and have their voices heard on a wide range of issues.

This latest edition includes questions on the Community Planning themes of 'Smarter' and 'Greener' and will be asking panellists for their views on the Council Budget, Waste Services, the Open Space Strategy, Low Carbon Society, Trees and Woodlands and the City's Parks.

The City Voice is an initiative by Aberdeen's Community Planning Partnership, including Aberdeen City Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Grampian, and Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations.

The project began in 2003 and has been building its membership and reputation ever since. The Citizens' Panel now boasts almost 1000 members and it is hoped another 1000 panellists come forward to complete 3 questionnaires a year either by paper or email with their feedback being used to shape policy, measure performance and plan future service delivery.

As well as taking part in the questionnaires panel members receive a copy of a newsletter that updates them on past City Voice questionnaires and more importantly provides feedback on what action is taken as a direct result of their findings.

Anyone interested in joining the Citizens' Panel should contact the City Voice Co-ordinator at cityvoice@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone 01224 522935.

You can also find out information about City Voice and access the questionnaire at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/consultations.