‘New kind of council demands new people’

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A MAJOR drive has begun to recruit new councillors.

East Hampshire District Council wants local people who are keen to make a difference in their community.

The campaign to recruit councillors continues with the last of three drop-in meetings held at the council offices in Petersfield, where prospective candidates can find out what it takes for the job.

The meeting is being held next Tuesday between 6pm and 9pm at Penns Place.

East Hampshire’s chief executive Sandy Hopkins said: ‘We’re looking for people with a broad range of abilities and community interests, people who are looking for a chance to use their skills for the benefit of the community, people who want to put something back.

‘With the unprecedented pressures on public sector funding, councils must be ever more business-like and professional if they are to thrive.

‘The council is setting out a unique way forward for local government, a new way of running a council with the focus on innovation and income generation.

‘We have ambitious plans and we need councillors with the business skills to see it through.

‘We need a new kind of councillor for a new kind of council.’