Corby Conservatives launch new Skype surgeries

Corby councillor Rob McKellar
Corby councillor Rob McKellar
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Corby Conservatives have launched a pilot Skype surgery scheme in Weldon and Gretton.

If the project is successful it will be rolled out across the rest of the borough.

The aim of the scheme is to engage younger members of the community in local issues, as well as making councillors’ surgeries more accessible to people who otherwise may not be able to attend.

Corby Cllr Rob McKellar said, “We will still be available by telephone and email, but a face to face conversation is much more personal and this new measure will help us to offer a great service to the people we represent.

“Young people often prefer to use the new media to communicate and we hope to engage with them and to encourage them to participate. Equally, many people may want to come to a face to face surgery but might be prevented from doing so because of work or time commitments, childcare, disability, lack of transport or any other reason.

“Hopefully the Skype surgeries will make us accessible to a wider range of people.”

Leader of Corby Conservatives on the borough council, Cllr David Sims, said, “We live in an age of social media and it is important that we make sure we are accessible through all of the available channels.

“Conservative councillors in the Corby area are already on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and we will now also be communicating with our constituents through the Skype community.

“If the pilot scheme is a success then we will begin offering Skype surgeries to all of the wards that we represent and will put forward a motion asking the whole council to do the same.”

People who want to take advantage of the service can do so by adding robert.mckellar4 as a Skype contact and instant messaging a request to connect, or by emailing robert.mckellar@corby.gov.uk