Since their election in May 2015, Glastonbury’s Green Councillors have been exploring how to improve communications between Glastonbury Town Council and the local residents – championing the development of a “two-way street”, where information flows from the council to the community, and – perhaps more importantly – information flows from the community to the council... !
This revolutionary concept has taken some time to be accepted by some of the ‘other’ councillors, who could not (cannot) see the merit in improving the Town Council’s website; adding feedback forms, providing access via the web to all the minutes of all the committees, producing press releases about the council's actions, or... engaging in social media... !
Newly elected Green Councillors quickly established Facebook 'open groups' for each of the town's four wards, administered by the local ward councillors.
These groups were not embraced by all the Town Councillors, but they did begin to provide a way for Facebook users to directly raise issues and state their concerns - and the groups have proved very effective.
The first formal initiative proposed by the Greens was to convene a Communications Committee following each Full Council meeting, to prepare official press releases about the work of the council. This has taken a bit of time to ‘bed-in’, but is now a regular feature on the Town Council’s monthly agenda.
However, the real coup has been the agreement – at long last – for Glastonbury Town Council to officially enter the 21st century, and join Facebook!
We are delighted to announce the creation of official Facebook Pages for:
...and the formal adoption by the Council of the four Ward Groups!
Next stop... Twitter !