SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Cabinet To Take Its Message To The People
cabinet is to take to the streets to get to parts of the city that
the council doesn’t normally reach.
is to hold its meeting in public at a variety of locations to try
and promote involvement in he decision-making process.
inaugural cabinet meeting in May was held in St Mary’s Guildhall
and attracted more than 100 people.
the cabinet – the group of ten councillors who make all the
decisions – have pledged to make an effort to carry on talking
to and listening to the public.
it was decided to hold two of the weekly cabinet meetings each
year in public, at different locations around the city. As well as
the usual business there will be a section where the public can
question the councillors about issues that concern them.
Phil Townshend, cabinet member (Service Co-ordination), said:
may not agree with what we do and may even vote against us, but
if we engage them in the democratic process then it’s
the people won’t come to us then we’ve got to go to the
warned that holding the council meetings outside the council house
could cost up to £400 per meeting, once travel costs, catering
and hire charges were taken into account.
Cllr Townshend said he was not going to be held back, and believed
the council should make an effort to show that it could something
this simple without running up a huge bill.
don’t mind there being a few mileage claims or bus fares for
officers, but I don’t think it should cost too much.”
added that there would probably be no shortage of venues, and said
that he knew the headteacher of President Kennedy school had
already offered the use of facilities so pupils could see
democracy in action.
Townshend called for suggestions about other suitable venues that
met fire safety and disabled access requirements, and added:
would like us to go to other parts of the city that we don’t
normally get to.”