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Coventry's Cabinet To Face The Public

Coventry City Council's cabinet is taking to the road next week when it hold a special session a school.

The meeting at President Kennedy School on 13 December at 1.30pm is being held as part of a commitment by the cabinet to keep in touch with the people of the city.

As well as the usual public business, the meeting will include a session where members of the audience will be invited to put questions to the ten members of the cabinet.

Council leader Nick Nolan said:

"Back in May we determined that this council would operate openly.

“Whatever we as elected members do in the name of Coventry and her people must be open to question, debate and scrutiny.

“Our very first Cabinet meeting included a public question and answer session and more than 100 people took the opportunity to come along and see us put through our paces.

“I hope this time even more will fill the hall at President Kennedy School to hear us account for our decisions, policies and plans."

The first public meeting in May was held at St Mary's Guildhall. Next week's meeitng is being arranged to give some schoolchildren the opportunity to take part.

Douglas Tribe, head of President Kennedy School, said:

"I am very pleased that President Kennedy School has been chosen as the venue for the first cabinet meeting to be held away from the Council House.

“It is a chance to see democracy in action and I hope the public will come along."

Members of the public are asked to submit their questions in writing to Coventry City Council, Members Services, FREEPOST CV2999, Council House, Earl Street CV1 5BR by Friday or e-mail to 

This will enable councillors time to establish facts and details before replying in public at the Cabinet meeting. Please mark your envelope 'Cabinet question' and include your name, address and a daytime telephone number.

Every reasonable effort will be made to reply to any questions not taken during the meeting. Cllr Joan Wright, cabinet member (Cultural and Leisure Services) is unwell, and her questions will be answered by Cllr Dave Batten.
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CWN / Politics / Coventry City Council / 6 Dec 00
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