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A SHAKE-UP of community meetings could be on the way.

East Hampshire District Council is carrying out a review of its community forums, which involve councillors and community leaders getting round the table and discussing local issues.

But, in general, they have been poorly attended by the public. To get more residents involved, the council is proposing to run the forums along the lines of BBC’s Question Time.

Topics will come up for discussion and there will be a question and answer session.

There are currently four forums for the area, including one for Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle.

A report states: ‘It is proposed the forums should look to increase participation by 30 per cent over the next 12 months.’

Four forums would be held every year, costing £16,000 – a reduction from the current cost of £22,400.