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Town hall bosses in Blackpool are determined to prove they are listening to residents... by bringing a couch to their local area.

Throughout September and October, from tomorrow, a new ‘council couch’ will visit 14 spots around the town to listen to residents’ views on issues such as crime, housing, health, education and regeneration.

Senior officers from Blackpool Council will sit on the couch on different days to talk to locals about the work that the authority is doing.

It’s the first time an idea like this has been used in the North West before and follows in the footsteps of Plymouth City Council, who started a similar scheme around the south coast resort last year.

The success of the scheme elsewhere has led to the initiative being adopted in Blackpool, as the couch will visit popular areas around the town to get people’s opinion on the work that the council is doing.

Starting this week for the next seven weeks, the portable council couch trailer will visit different areas every Wednesday.

The couch will visit one location in the morning between 9am and noon, before moving to a different area between 1pm and 4pm.

The first council couch locations will be at Warren Drive and at the shops behind Norbreck Castle tomorrow, with Chief Executive Neil Jack on the sofa.

Mr Jack said: “The council couch is all about getting out into the community and finding different ways to talk to the people of Blackpool.

“It’s going to be a relaxed setting where anybody can just walk over and have a chat with us over a cup of tea for as long or as little as they want and I hope to see lots of people getting involved.”