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People urged to have their say about life in Staffordshire in interactive project

People in parts of Staffordshire are being invited to share their thoughts and opinions about the areas in which they live, work and play.

Familiar objects including lamp posts, benches and bins are ready to strike up friendly conversations, via SMS, to hear what people have to say.

The “Hello Staffordshire” project is being trialled in Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley and Leek and launched on Monday 14 December. The project is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council in collaboration with Hello Lamp Post.

To begin a conversation, people will need to spot the bright yellow signs around the town, where they will be prompted to either scan the QR code or text the dedicated number, using any mobile phone. The objects will ask a variety of questions, encouraging people to share their views and comments. Taking part is free and standard text messaging rates apply. A full map of where the objects can be found is available at http://staffordshire.hlp.city/

All conversations are anonymous and feedback gathered will be shared with the county council, to help identify potential improvements for the local area.

Alan White, Leader at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is an important project that will help us connect with local communities and find out what people think about their area and how it could be improved.

“We hope the yellow signs will get people thinking in a different way, and encourage them to explore what’s around them. More importantly, we want people to share their thoughts and opinions about what living in Staffordshire means to them. The campaign will take the form of interactive questions, so please look out for the signs and join in the conversation.”

Questions include:

How would you describe this area in one word?
What makes Staffordshire a great place to live?
Do you have a strong sense of belonging within your community?

Alan added: “By taking part, you’ll not only help give us a better understanding of what matters most to people but help us build stronger communities at the same time.”

Joe Pointon
News Editor

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