Notts prepares to recruit public for 'citizen panel'

Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking an agency to promote a unique 'citizen panel' scheme.

The authority wants to create an 8,000-strong panel of residents, who will be cons­ulted on council propo­sals that affect Nottinghamshire locals.

Members of the panel will also be used for activities such as mystery shopping - aimed at curbing illegal activity in the borough, such as the sale of cigarettes and alcohol to children.

The account up for grabs - open to marketing agencies of all disciplines - carries a fee of circa £400,000.

The winning agency will initially be responsible for recruiting members of the public to the panel, which is intended to be represen­tative of Nottinghamshire society.

The council said the priority was to recruit younger members to the panel, which will be refreshed annually.

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