COUNCIL bosses are recruiting an army of 300 people to share their views on local services.

New members are being sought for the Inverclyde Citizens' Panel - a body which questions people on a range of issues and uses their feedback to improve services to meet the needs of residents.

Council leader Stephen McCabe is encouraging people to join.

He says the panel needs people from all walks of life and every part of the district to ensure the council continues to provide 'quality services and support to the individuals and communities'.

Councillor McCabe added: "We have a diverse population, so it's important we get as many different views and opinions as possible and that people have their say on what matters most to them.

"The panel presents residents with a great opportunity to help shape the future of the area, influence decision-making and make a real difference to Inverclyde."

Panel members are sent two questionnaires each year which cover subjects like roads and transport, recycling, alcohol and internet access.

They also receive a newsletter which outlines results from the previous survey and information on how the council has responded to the points raised by local residents.

Details from completed questionnaires are entered into a prize draw.

Around 3,300 people across Inverclyde will soon receive a letter inviting them to join the panel.

To register an interest in becoming a panel member, visit, call 01475 712065 or email

The closing date for getting involved in the panel is Monday February 14.