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York Council Holds Three More Councillor Question Time Events

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12:42pm 23rd May 2014

York Council has announced the next three community conversations events, for the months of May and June, and is asking residents to come along to ask their questions and debate their key issues with Councillors and officers of the council.

Meetings, which are open to all residents, will take place in the Rural West York, Guildhall and Acomb ward on the following dates:

  • Thursday 29 May, Rural West York, Copmanthorpe Methodist Church
  • Monday 16 June, Guildhall Ward, Quaker Meeting House, Friargate
  • Wednesday 18 June, Acomb ward, Carr Junior School

The events which began in February in Haxby/Wigginton have been attended by 120 residents so far and will see the council visit every ward in the city to meet with residents and offer them the chance to have their say on key issues and opportunities in their ward.

The events will bring residents, community organisations and local businesses together with local ward councillors, Cabinet members and staff from public sector organisations. The council wants to listen more to what residents and local organisations think about the needs of their neighbourhoods.

Representatives of the council will also be happy to explain anything about the work of the council and highlight some of the opportunities over the coming year, such as a packed summer programme of events including the Tour de France. The events will be fun and informal with opportunities for local community groups to set up stalls showcasing their work locally in a ‘market place’ at each event.

Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said: “I’d like to thank those residents who’ve already attended the community conversation meetings which have taken place in the city. We’ve gained some invaluable feedback through these and hopefully provided a useful opportunity for those attending to gain answers and debate issues and opportunities directly with Councillors and officers. We want to meet residents in their communities, to also discuss volunteering opportunities in their local ward and to hear about the great work already taking place in their community. We can only make life better for people in this city if we are working with them to do this.”

In attendance at each event will be Cllr James Alexander, leader of the council, a Cabinet member, local ward councillors and senior council officers. A one hour question and answer session with Cllr Alexander will be included as part of the programme at each event.

For a list of current meeting dates visit http://www.york.gov.uk/community_conversations - these will be updated as new meetings are announced.

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