Hyndburn Introduces Public Question Time
Published Thursday 9th June 2011 in Council and democracy news
Hyndburn Council has introduced Public Question Time at Council meetings as part of its system of decision making and to improve consultation with local people.
Councillor Miles Parkinson, the Leader of the Council, said, 'This is a new initiative for the Council. It's part of our drive for openness and transparency and we hope that Hyndburn's residents, businesses and other interested sectors will take advantage of this new way of engaging our communities in local democracy.'
Members of the public will now be able to ask the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members or the Chairs of the Council's Committees questions at ordinary meetings of the Council. Questions will be put by the Chair of the meeting (the Mayor) and asked in the order they are received, although similar questions may be grouped together. The questions taken will receive an verbal answer and those that cannot be put within the allotted time period will receive a written answer.