The first councillor pop up surgery was launched outside Shenfield Library. The morning was the first of a new initiative that will see the councillors visit various parts of the borough over the coming months.
It is hoped that their presence in prominent areas like Shenfield Broadway, Brentwood High Street and Warley Hill will make it easier for people to contact their councillors, raise any issues that they want help with or ask questions about local matters.
Leader of the Council, Louise McKinlay, said "There are many ways that residents can contact us if they need to but we are always looking to ensure we are as accessible as possible. The pop up surgeries are a great idea for those who lead busy lives as they can easily stop by whilst out and about their regular business. The surgeries bring councillors together in busy areas where there are a lot of residents like outside the library and near the shops. We will definitely be repeating it over the coming weeks as we move around the borough to answer residents' questions and provide information on what is going on locally."
A number of different topics were raised at Saturday's session. From the latest on the Crossrail project, to discussing ways to promote the Shenfield Christmas community event to updates on local resident parking matters; the surgery provided an opportunity for residents to ask councillors about the issues that are important to them and for local councillors to share details of what they are working on.
Dates of future events around the borough will be advertised shortly.