Senior officials set for ‘Question Time’

Senior politicians and officials are to be questioned by young people about what could be done in the borough.

As part of Local Democracy Week, a special ‘Question Time’ event is being held while youngsters could be in with a chance to be mayor or council chairman for the day.

Youngsters have been submitting questions to people involved in the decision-making process ahead of the debate on Tuesday, November 12.

Those who will be quizzed at the debate will be Mayor Norma Redfearn; councillors Jim Allan, David Lilly and Nigel Huscroft; police Chief Inspector Mandy Shea; director of public health Marietta Evans; and Dean Titterton, chairman of the children and young people’s provision group.

Mrs Redfearn said: “We want to encourage all our young people to be active citizens and the event helps to support this; I am looking forward to hearing and answering the questions.”

The following week, on November 22, young people are also being invited to participate in ‘National Takeover Day’, giving two the chance to join the mayor or council chairman, Coun Janet Hunter, as they carry out their duties that day.

Mrs Redfearn added: “The Takeover Day is a fantastic opportunity for young people to find out about the work of myself and the chairman, but it will also give us the chance to listen to their fresh ideas and opinions.”

For more about National Takeover Day visit www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk