The council has announced a series of Question Time events. “Meet the decision makers,” they say. It will be fascinating to see how these go.
Within the highly regulated format of Town Hall proceedings, those chairing council meetings will too often pay lip-service to open democracy, let the “mere plebs” off the street have their say, then move proceedings on, and do what they always intended to anyway.
These events run the risk of going the same way as Town Hall meetings, patronising local residents and achieving very little. Will “Proud to Serve” Croydon Council defy our scepticism?
There’s no detail about the format or the panelists for these Croydon Question Time events – and that may be deliberate. And as to the cost of staging them, well…
So we’ll just have to see. This is what the council’s posters say:
Talk to Croydon’s decision makers
Improving parks … building schools … cutting crime … repairing roads … come and talk
directly to the people who make decisions about our borough’s future, and tell us how
we can make your area a better place to live.
During June and July you will have the opportunity to come and speak to
Croydon Council’s decision-makers about the issues and services that matter
most to you, at the Croydon Question Time roadshows.
- Tuesday 14 June Wolsey Junior School, King Henry’s Drive, New Addington CR0 0PH
- Tuesday 28 June Parchmore Community Centre, 53 – 55 Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath CR7 8LY
- Tuesday 12 July Old Coulsdon Congregational Church, Coulsdon Road, Coulsdon CR5 1EH
- Tuesday 19 July Shirley Methodist Church, Shirley CR0 8SD
Roadshows will run from 7.30pm to 9pm. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.
To find out more about our campaign to involve you in local decisions,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/YourCroydonYourSay
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