NINE hyper local blog sites from across south Birmingham have been invited to co-host a live web chat with a local police inspector.
Inspector Simon Inglis, responsible for policing across the Selly Oak, Billesley, Bournville and Brandwood wards, will be answering questions from local people during the live web chat next Tuesday (5 February).
In an effort to give local residents the best opportunity to get involved, as well as increase local questions and concerns, the inspector has linked in with several hyper local bloggers and websites.
Amongst the sites co-hosting the event are bournvilleVillage.com lovesellyoak.com, sellyparksouth.org.uk, b14kingsheath.net, Brandwood Forum, Friends of Selly Oak Park, Birmingham South community safety http://www.b14news.co.uk and Stirchly.co.uk.
The web chat, which runs between 6pm and 8pm, will enable local people to raise concerns relating to their area. Residents will also be able to ask questions specific to their neighbourhood and find out more information about policing activity across the area.
Inspector Simon Inglis, said: “There is a vibrant online community here across all four wards in the Selly Oak constituency and I hope that this interactive web chat will reach a significant number of people thanks to the help and support of several hyper local bloggers.
“With the recent bad weather, local residents may find it difficult to make their way to traditional police meetings and community forums. I hope that this interactive web chat will help us reach out to these residents so that they can still contact us.”
John Clayton, who edits the Selly Park Neighbourhood Forum website, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local residents, in their own homes, to share their questions and concerns with the officer in charge of our local neighbourhood policing and other members of the Selly Oak community.”
Dave Harte, lecturer at Birmingham City University, researching the rise in Hyperlocal websites while also running the Bournville Village blog, said: “Hyperlocal websites offer bodies like the police and local councils the chance to connect directly with citizens and address their concerns. These sites are playing a key role in holding power to account.”
The chat will be available on this link on Tuesday or on any of the above websites.