An online engagement website for Driffield that aims to promote more inclusive conversations between local people and support the identification of projects to help the town thrive has been launched.
The website will be trialed in Driffield as part of a 12-month pilot managed by the local growth team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working in partnership with Driffield Town Council.
The platform is hosted by Commonplace, an online engagement website with a range of features including survey questions, comment sharing, heatmaps and image polls to encourage ideas, discussion and feedback about specific locations.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic growth and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Driffield is a great place to live, work and visit but we want to make it even better. This engagement platform is designed to connect with the Driffield community, hear local voices and make better, more inclusive decisions about the town.
"A town centre survey conducted earlier this year received over 500 responses in Driffield and has helped to identify the main reasons people visit the town centre, the impact of the pandemic on shopping habits and long term improvements.
"This new platform will go one step further and seek feedback from the community on long-term improvements in the town and on specific proposed projects designed to meet priorities identified in earlier consultation."
Driffield Commonplace will launch with six active engagements including the Driffield town centre retail plan, a community cinema, St Margaret's playpark, Millennium Green and a community art space.
Claire Binnington, town clerk at Driffield Town Council, said: "We are delighted with this innovative engagement tool and that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have placed this invaluable asset at our disposal.
"With the recruitment of our external funding officer Fiona Turner last autumn, her main requirement for any funding bid is evidence and consultation and we are very excited that this platform will deliver just this. We encourage every resident to get involved and let us know their views on the current projects listed."
The first wave of initial engagements will be open for six weeks until Sunday, 20 June. Respondents who submit their feedback will also have the opportunity to manage their preferences and be notified of future developments.
If you wish to view and comment on the proposals, and be kept up to date with the latest news and updates about this project, please visit the Driffield Commonplace site at https://driffield.commonplace.is/