In the two weeks since the Referendum, what have those who campaigned for both sides been doing?
Not those activists that are politically affiliated, what about those from the grass roots level who got involved? Those who for the first time decided that this issue was important enough for them to vote. With a turnout of over 80% for the referendum, there are many who were involved on both sides of the coin, what are they doing now?
From having a chance to make a choice in their future, everything seems to have gone back to the way it was before. “You’ve done your bit now leave it to us professional politicians”. A less than subtle way of being told to keep out.
For those who enjoyed that involvement and are not happy to sit back and watch the ususal suspects carry on as before, here are a couple of suggestions.
Attend meetings – There are meetings all over the place. One of the best to attend is your local Community Council meeting. Normally there is a representative or two from your District Council there which means you can ask questions and see what is happening in your area. You should be able to find out about your Community Council on your District Council web page.
In recent years some Community Councils have been struggling for members, however it is a community group that is consulted by the District Council on many things. So if you want know what is going on and have some input to your community, then go to these meetings. They normally discuss things like planning, community projects, parking, policing etc.
If you want to make a difference to your local community then this is the place to start. Questions are taken from members of the public at these meetings, usually at the end of the meeting. This means that if there is some research to be done they can do it before the next meeting, where the point you raised should be put forward with answers or at least a suggestion of where answers can be found.
Also check and see if there is a local residents committee or something similar. These groups can also have a say in what happens in local communities. Town hall groups are another place where you can find a wealth of information about what is going on locally.
So if you were involved in the build up to the Referendum, why not continue being involved. Maybe by starting at the grass roots level you can ensure that you and those you know are kept involved and help make changes for the better in your local community.