Date: 2nd July 2020

WINSFORD Town Council has launched its new online community engagement platform ‘Involve Winsford’ ( which has been developed in conjunction with the Citizen Lab company (

The platform will allow the Town Council to consult with local residents on its future plans as well as giving residents an opportunity to put their own ideas forward for discussion.

Citizen Lab has been tried and tested by forward thinking authorities around the globe and the results have been extremely impressive. Winsford Town Council has signed up to an initial pilot until August 2020 and will be monitoring results closely. It is hoped that it will prove a valuable resource for both residents and Town Council.

The platform will be in the form of a website, where Winsford residents can easily register and get involved.

This financial year Winsford Town council set aside £31,500 for what’s known as ‘Participatory Budgeting’ which puts the community in the driving seat to submit project ideas and decide which they want the council to implement within the allocated budget. Citizen Lab facilitates this process online so residents can participate especially whilst COVID-19 continues to prevent us from meeting up to discuss in person.

To get everyone used to the site and how it works, the Town Council is launching the platform with a fun family project. At a recent meeting Councillors voted unanimously to support Chester Zoo in their time of great financial need by adopting an animal in the name of Winsford residents.

By following the link  residents can select the animal they want the council to adopt and in doing so enter a competition to win Zoo tickets and goodies.

Winsford Town Mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones said, “this is an exciting and innovative development and reflects the desire of the Town Council to engage with its residents wherever possible”.

“The Involve Winsford site provides the tools to offer information; to organise consultation; to poll people on their views; and to ask for ideas from the public for future Town Council projects”.

The Mayor concluded by saying, “we really hope that everyone registers and gets involved and has a say. It will help enormously in the work we do”.