Tweet coun­cil your ques­tions

Chance to join de­bate at an­nual meet­ing and have your say on ser­vices

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

READ­ERS are be­ing urged to pose ques­tions for coun­cil­lors via Twit­ter at an an­nual meet­ing to­day (July 16).

For the sec­ond year run­ning, peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to tweet their ques­tions for de­bate di­rect into to­day’s full Bucks County Coun­cil meet­ing.

The coun­cil will be de­bat­ing the fu­ture chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of de­liv­er­ing al­most £800mil­lion of public ser­vices across the county in­clud­ing schools, roads, so­cial care, waste and the en­vi­ron­ment. The key­note speaker will be na­tional lo­cal gov­ern­ment com­men­ta­tor, Tony Travers from the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics.

To help the de­bate, the coun­cil also wants to hear res­i­dents’ ques­tions and com­ments about things that mat­ter to them.

These can ei­ther be sub­mit­ted via Twit­ter in ad­vance or dur­ing the meet­ing ‘live’ by tweet­ing @bucksCC or us­ing the hash­tag #Buck­sAGM.

Leader of the coun­cil Martin Tett said he was look­ing for­ward to us­ing so­cial media again to al­low lo­cal peo­ple to ask ques­tions about the coun­cil ser­vices they re­ceive.

He added: “I be­lieve it’s vi­tal for democ­racy that lo­cal peo­ple can en­gage with their county coun­cil. We pro­vide most of the public ser­vices they re­ceive and pay for through their coun­cil tax, so it’s only right they ask ques­tions and give their views – that’s proper en­gage­ment.

“I hope peo­ple will take up the of­fer and sub­mit their ques­tions and views. The chair­man will aim to en­sure as many as pos­si­ble are ad­dressed dur­ing the meet­ing and I will per­son­ally an­swer any we don’t have time for.”

The an­nual meet­ing starts at 9.30am with the full de­bate run­ning af­ter lunch start­ing at 1.30pm and the public are welcome to at­tend.

Ques­tions can be tweeted in ad­vance or at any time up to 4pm on the day while the de­bate takes place.

Fol­low the de­bate via we­b­cast from the coun­cil’s web­site us­ing the link core/por­tal/home.

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