POTENTIAL town councillors are being scouted through a forthcoming information session in Oswestry.
With the local elections on May 2 looming large, local businesswoman Ingrid Knowles, pictured with supporter Alan Davis, has organised the event which will bring voters face-to-face with councillors in a one-off question and answer session.
It takes place at the Memorial Hall on Thursday from 7pm and will be hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire’s James Bond.
All 18 town council seats will be up for election, with many current town councillors expected to stand down at the forthcoming elections.
Mrs Knowles explained the event is aimed at those who would like to stand, those who would like to help someone to stand, and voters.
She said: “I thought about standing [for election], but I felt like I didn’t know enough about it and I would like to know more about it.
“The idea is to get councillors into dialogue with Oswestry citizens and to hear what it means to be a councillor in Oswestry, how to become a councillor and the how the present town council support new councillors.”
The event has the support of Oswestry Town Council, with council clerk David preston agreeing to give an overview of council business, and currently town councillors Stephen Haworth and Saffron Rainey confirming their attendance, along with the Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Martin Bennett.
Mrs Knowles continued: “It would be great to have more councillors attending. A councillor in Whitchurch phoned me up and said it is a great idea and something like this should happen more often.”
OSWESTRY's town councillors will be hosting a similar drop-in event at The Guildhall this Saturday.
Taking place from 10am-1pm, people will be able to chat informally with current councillors and explore any interest they may have in council business. The event is also open to anyone just wanting to learn more about the council as a whole, its responsibilities, and how it helps to shape the town you live in.