City council cabinet to hold community debates

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MEMBERS of Sheffield Council cabinet will be taking to the streets to hold Question Time-style sessions so they can find out what residents think their priorities should be.

They are holding ‘Meet the Cabinet’ events at Community Assembly meetings being held across the city in the autumn.

Local people are being asked to pick a main topic for a 30-minute debate, along with ideas for other issues they want addressing.

The sessions will be led by the Community Assembly chairman, and last for up to an-hour-and-a-half.

Leader of Sheffield Council, Coun Julie Dore, said the cabinet wanted to meet local people and hear about their issues and concerns.

“We’re determined the council is not divorced from local people and their issues, which is why we introduced a new way of going out to listen and talk to communities about subjects that matter to them,” she said.

“Being elected councillors in our own communities, we appreciate firsthand how important it is to give local residents and businesses opportunities to talk to us.

“Using community meetings will help us focus the discussion on a single item that is important to that particular community, and no doubt these will differ in each area, as well as time for wider discussions.”

The meeting dates are: September 27 – East Community Assembly; October 4 – South; October 11 – South East; October 18 – South West; October 31 – North East; December 11 – Northern and January 24 2013 - Central.

Times and venues to be confirmed at a later date.