Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Local politicians to take part in unique Question Time event

PEOPLE in West Somerset are being invited to ask leading local politicians questions on the issues that matter most to them at a special Question Time event taking place at West Somerset Council offices, in Williton, on December 17, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Members of Somerset County Council, Exmoor National Park Authority, and West Somerset Council will form a joint panel for residents to ask questions about any of the services the authorities provide, including:
  • Roads and transport
  • Education and social care
  • Recycling and waste collection
  • Planning and housing
  • Recreation, leisure and community facilities
  • Community safety
District council leader Councillor Keith Ross said: “This is the first time all three authorities have united to offer local people the chance to raise issues that matter to them in a public question time.
“It is a unique opportunity for residents to make their thoughts known.
“I would encourage people to come to the event to let us know what their concerns are.”
County council leader Councillor Jill Shortland said: “This evening event will be a great opportunity for people in West Somerset to ask questions about the issues that concern them.
“I am certain there will be plenty to discuss and this event shows that both councils are serious about listening to local people and improving all the services that we deliver, right on people’s doorstep.”
A meeting of the county council’s executive will also take place in the Williton council offices at 2 pm on December 17 as part of a tour of Somerset which sees the executive meeting once in each district.
Further details, including information on how to submit a question, is available on the county council’s website at or by contacting Scott Wooldridge, on 01823 356748 or by email at

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