Mayor to bring in public question time

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MAYOR of Doncaster, Peter Davies, is introducing a question time session at the beginning of the council’s cabinet meetings from next week.

Twenty minutes will be allocated at the start of each meeting for residents of Doncaster to ask the Mayor questions.

Any member of the public who lives in Doncaster and wants to ask a question is welcome to come along, said a council spokesman.

Questions do not need to be submitted in advance although, if the question asks for detailed information like figures or statistics, officials say it would be helpful to put the question in writing to the Mayor prior to the meeting, to enable the question to be answered comprehensively at the meeting.

The question time slot will run for a trial period to see if it is successful.

It could be extended or changed depending on the feedback that is received.

Mr Davies said: “I am always happy to answer questions from any member of the public and I am committed to being open and honest with people.

“Whenever I’m out and about I get stopped and asked questions so I thought it would be good to offer people a regular slot to come and talk to me.

“Having a slot at cabinet meetings means it will be relaxed and without the stringent constraints imposed at full council which stifle discussion.

“If for any reason I can’t answer questions at the meeting I will reply in writing as soon as possible after the meeting.

“I look forward to hearing the questions local people want to ask.”

Questions are limited to one per person and Mr Davies says he is happy to take questions on any subject.

The first meeting will be next Wednesday, February 15, at the Mansion House, starting at 10am.