The leader of the Crawley Labour Party plans to hold tea and cake events to engage with voters.
Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate) said residents would be encouraged to raise concerns with councillors at the Labour Party-funded events.
He said: “We are going to try and engage with people better.
“We really worked very hard in this last election but we’ve come to realise there are limits to old-fashioned campaigning.
“We are going to have to engage directly, that’s how democracy is supposed to happen.”
The Crawley Labour group would put on the events free of charge in the town’s wards.
He said he started planning the events hours after Crawley Borough Council election results on Friday (May 8).
Labour’s majority over the Tories was reduced by two to 19-18.
Mr Lamb said his group hoped to make gains but there was unexpected surge in support for the Tories nationally.
Mr Lamb, who is council leader, said running the council with the slimmest possible majority would not affect its decisions.
He said it was ‘annoying’ but played down the possibility the Tories would outnumber Labour at council meetings.
He said: “In the event that any administration doesn’t have enough councillors at a meeting they cannot get a agenda through but we are going to make sure that doesn’t happen.”